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PeriphrasisThe Role of Syntax and Morphology in Paradigms$
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Marina Chumakina and Greville Corbett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265253

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265253.001.0001

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Relatedness in Periphrasis

Relatedness in Periphrasis

A Paradigm-based Perspective

Chapter:
(p.191) 8 Relatedness in Periphrasis
Source:
Periphrasis
Author(s):

Gergana Popova

Andrew Spencer

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265253.003.0008

Bulgarian has several relevant verbal constructions, and this chapter concentrates on those where one instance of periphrasis is embedded within another. For example, the (periphrastic) future perfect has a periphrastic form of the verb ‘be’ as one component, giving a construction with embedded periphrasis. The formal account proposed for these nested constructions combines a realizational approach to morphology with a lexical non-transformational framework for syntax. While periphrasis constitutes part of the morphological paradigm, and the relatedness of different periphrastic constructions can be understood in terms of the cross-categorization of features, the syntactic structure of these constructions does not mirror the same nesting. To solve this mismatch, and to capture the nesting effect, a set of rules for Bulgarian periphrastic forms is proposed, involving realization rules which are a composition of two separate rules. The complexity of nested periphrases receives a formal account, shedding light on the syntax-morphology interface more generally.

Keywords:   linguistics, morphology, syntax, Bulgarian, verbal categories, embedded periphrasis, HPSG, morphosyntactic features, paradigm

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