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Deponency and Morphological Mismatches$
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Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown, and Andrew Hippisley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264102

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264102.001.0001

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The Limits of Deponency: A Chukotko-centric Perspective*

The Limits of Deponency: A Chukotko-centric Perspective*

(p.174) (p.175) 8 The Limits of Deponency: A Chukotko-centric Perspective*
Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Jonathan David Bobaljik

British Academy

This chapter discusses two questions about the phenomenon of deponency. It lays out the basic case for treating the spurious antipassive (SAP) as an instance of deponency and looks at the differences between Chukchi and Latin. The highlights of a detailed theoretical analysis of the Chukchi SAP are then presented. The chapter concludes that no special deponency devices are necessary for an analysis of v-deponents in the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages. Its properties are found to arise from the independently observed properties of Chukchi grammar, interacting in a predictable fashion with independent principles of morphology and syntax.

Keywords:   spurious antipassive, deponency, Chukchi, special deponency devices, v-deponents, Chukchi grammar, morphology, syntax

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