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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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Revisiting “Suspended Affixation” and Other Coordinate Mysteries *

Revisiting “Suspended Affixation” and Other Coordinate Mysteries *

(p.181) Revisiting “Suspended Affixation” and Other Coordinate Mysteries*
Functional Heads

Jaklin Kornfilt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses “suspended affixation” in the nominal and verbal morphology of Turkish and addresses some instances of ill-formed versus well-formed “suspension.” It argues that the crucial distinction is syntax versus the lexicon: those affixes that can be “suspended” are syntactic functional heads in phrasal or clausal architecture (i.e., they are merged syntactically). On the other hand, those affixes that are part of the lexical word formation cannot distribute because “suspended affixation” is the familiar “right node raising”. In other words, this is a syntactic process that applies to syntactic constituents. Thus, only those affixes can be “suspended” that are syntactic heads—and, for our purposes, are heads of functional projections.

Keywords:   suspended affixation, nominal morphology, verbal morphology, Turkish, affixes

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