Modeling declensions without declension features. The case of Russian


CAHA Pavel

Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Acta Linguistica Academica
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords nanosyntax; Russian; declension; morphology; syntax
Description This paper presents an analysis of the Russian declension in Nanosyntax (Starke 2009, 2018). The analysishas two theoretically important aspects. First, it makes no reference to language-particular declensionfeatures. This allows one to maintain the idea that morphosyntactic features are drawn from a set providedby the UG, i.e., language invariant. The analysis also does not use contextual rules. In order to correctly pairthe right ending with a particular root, the analysis only relies on specifying each marker for the features itspells out. The correct pairing of roots and affixes falls out from such a specification and the Nanosyntaxmodel of spellout
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