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Argument structure alternations in Georgian: solving the syncretism of the -i- morpheme

Grant number: 07/06636-3
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2007
Effective date (End): November 30, 2008
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal researcher:Ana Paula Scher
Grantee:João Paulo Lazzarini Cyrino
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil

Abstract

The aim of the present work is to investigate and solucionate the georgian -i- morpheme syncretism, observed in NASH (2002). The morpheme ocurrs within a set of alternations envolving verb argumental properties and, more specifically, syntatic-semantic characteristics of the subject. The unified treatment I pretend to propose about the -i- morpheme will be embased on Distributed Morphology theory, a recent development of the Generative Theory first proposed in HALLE & MARANTZ (1993).The results of this ressearch will contribute with (i) the study of alternances envolving argumental properties, (ii) with a deeper description of Georgian language, representing the intuition of its native speakers and (iii) with the development of Distributed Morphology and its corroboration, whose works have been solucionating several crucial problems relacionated with the Generative Theory.

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