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Title: Turkish Suspended Affixation
Author: Barış Kabak
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Homepage: http://ling.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/kabak/
Institution: Universität Konstanz
Linguistic Field: Language Documentation; Morphology; Syntax
Subject Language: Turkish
Abstract: This article presents well-formedness conditions on Turkish coordinate constructions with suspended affixation (SA), where certain bound morphemes are omitted from all conjuncts other than the final one while maintaining their semantic scope over the whole construction. It argues that the legitimacy of verbal conjuncts with suspended affixation neither directly falls out from the conjunct's being the complement of the copula, nor is it due to the type of agreement paradigm. Instead, the article provides a unified analysis that accounts for SA in both verbal and non-verbal constructions based on the notion of morphological words. The morphological word is comprised of a stem plus optional affixes, the right edge of which can terminate a morphological string independently from agreement markers. Accordingly, SA is licit if the omission of inflectional affixes in non-final conjuncts leaves a morphological word behind. It is further shown that the terminal morphemes must be overtly marked in non-final conjuncts although they can be null elsewhere and derivational morphemes cannot be suspended. Finally, it is argued that affixes that exhibit tight phonological cohesion with their stems resist suspension, indicating that phonological cohesion determines tight morphological bonding between an affix and a stem.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Linguistics
Publication Info: to appear


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