Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/253416
Title:
The Crosslinguistic Defaultness of BE
Author:
Bjorkman, Bronwyn
Affiliation:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Publisher:
University of Arizona Linguistics Circle
Journal:
Coyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Linguistic Theory at the University of Arizona
Issue Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/253416
Abstract:
This paper presents a formalization of view that auxiliary verbs such as be are in some sense default verbs. On the basis of languages in which auxiliaries arise only in certain combinations of inflectional categories (Latin, Kinande), it is argued that auxiliary be is not present in the syntax, but is instead a morphological strategy for realizing “stranded” inflectional features. A model of verbal inflection that implements this approach to auxiliaries is developed, providing a unified analysis of the auxiliary pattern found in languages of the Latin/Kinande type with the more familiar pattern of languages such as English.
Type:
Article; text
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0894-4539

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dc.contributor.authorBjorkman, Bronwynen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-27T11:40:05Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-27T11:40:05Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.issn0894-4539-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/253416-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents a formalization of view that auxiliary verbs such as be are in some sense default verbs. On the basis of languages in which auxiliaries arise only in certain combinations of inflectional categories (Latin, Kinande), it is argued that auxiliary be is not present in the syntax, but is instead a morphological strategy for realizing “stranded” inflectional features. A model of verbal inflection that implements this approach to auxiliaries is developed, providing a unified analysis of the auxiliary pattern found in languages of the Latin/Kinande type with the more familiar pattern of languages such as English.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona Linguistics Circleen_US
dc.titleThe Crosslinguistic Defaultness of BEen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.identifier.journalCoyote Papers: Working Papers in Linguistics, Linguistic Theory at the University of Arizonaen_US
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