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The Morphology of Spatial P: A Look Inside Adpositions And Case
Stockholms universitet, Engelska institutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7042-3576
2014 (English)In: Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes, ISSN 0986-6124, E-ISSN 1958-9239, Vol. 43, no 2, 370-298 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The goal of this paper is to offer a unified analysis of the morphological structure of spatial adpositions and spatial case markers in three languages: English, Spanish, and Finnish. This analysis combines Distributed Morphology assumptions with a Type-Logical formal treatment. Two key results emerge from this unified morpho-syntactic analysis. First, spatial adpositions (behind, encima, laelta) can be accounted as the result of merging different “types” of spatial morphemes, including spatial case markers and particles. Second, cross-linguistic syntactic phenomena involving these categories (e.g. argument demotion) can also be accounted for straightforwardly, via our analysis. We suggest that these results also support a “morphology all the way up” view of Distributed Morphology.

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