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LINGUIST List 18.659

Thu Mar 01 2007

Diss: Morphology: Tremblay: 'Spanish -dor Derivations'

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Message 1: Spanish -dor Derivations
Date: 26-Feb-2007
From: Antoine Tremblay <antoinetualberta.ca>
Subject: Spanish -dor Derivations


Institution: Laval University
Program: Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Translation
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: Antoine Tremblay

Dissertation Title: Spanish -dor Derivations

Dissertation URL: http://www.ualberta.ca/~antoinet/ma_dissertation.pdf

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Dissertation Director:
Manuel Espanol-Echevarria

Dissertation Abstract:

This work attempts to bridge the gap between descriptive and theoretically
inclined accounts by focussing on four issues concerning Spanish -dor
derivation, namely restrictions on the base, noun-based -dor derivations,
the nature of the -dor, -tor, -sor, -or, and -dora forms, and the
grammatical category of -dor derivations. It is shown that the Spanish -dor
suffix associates with verbs having an external argument (i.e. with
transitive and unergative verbs) and that the derivation refers to the base
verb's external argument. In addition, it is argued that noun-based -dor
derivations are based on the event's complement noun. Moreover, it is
argued that there is only one nomina agentis forming morpheme having the
form -dor, and that some verbs have both a patrimonial and an erudite
allomorph. Finally, -dor derivations are found to be basically adjectival,
the nominal variant resulting from the addition of post-derivational
idiosyncratic pieces of lexical information.

Cette étude tente de lier les approches descriptives et théoriques se
rapportant aux dérivés espagnols en -dor. On y traite quatre points
problématiques, notamment : les restrictions sur la base du dérivé; les
dérivés basés sur des substantifs; la nature des formes -dor, -tor, -sor,
-or, et -dora; et la catégorie grammaticale des dérivés en -dor. On y
établit que ce suffixe s'associe aux verbes ayant un argument externe. De
plus, on y conclut que les dérivés en -dor basés sur des substantifs sont
engendrés à partir du complément direct apparaissant dans la Structure
Lexico-Conceptuelle d'un verbe. D'autre part, on y démontre qu'il n'y a en
réalité qu'un seul morphème de forme -dor, et que certains verbes espagnols
ont un allomorphe patrimonial et un autre érudit. Finalement, on y affirme
que les dérivés en -dor sont fondamentalement adjectivaux, et que la
variante substantive est obtenue par addition d'information sémantique
idiosyncrasique.



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