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The Morphosyntax of TransitionsA Case Study in Latin and Other Languages$
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Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733287.001.0001

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Challenges and prospects

Challenges and prospects

(p.252) 7 Challenges and prospects
The Morphosyntax of Transitions

Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Oxford University Press

This chapter concentrates on two endeavours to which the book contributes: accurately describing the cross-linguistic variation involved in complex transition events and reducing cross-linguistic variation to PF properties. For each case, after pointing out the main results arrived at in the book, there is a discussion of the challenges that the present account, and the field in a broader perspective, faces. Thus, the properties of complex constructions involving creation verbs are examined. Their distribution correlates with the distinction between satellite- and verb-framed languages, but they plausibly do not involve a Path head. Snyder’s compounding parameter seems to accommodate their distribution better. On the other hand, a challenge is pointed out in the theory of the syntax-morphology interface adopted in this work and shared in the framework of Distributed Morphology: how to handle the relationship between number of spell-out cycles and number of words.

Keywords:   Creation verb, cross-linguistic variation, Snyder, compounding parameter, Distributed Morphology, spell-out cycle, Path, word, syntax-morphology interface

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