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The morphosyntax of reflexives: A case study of Kannada


2006 2006

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Kannada, a Dravidian language spoken in South India, has two ways of expressing reflexivity, a reflexive pronoun and the verbal reflexive morpheme. This thesis investigates morphosyntactic restrictions of the two. A reflexive pronoun is generally assumed to have a grammatical subject as a potential binder identified with the DP in spec-TP. Through an investigation of binding behaviour of DPs in dative subject constructions, I argue that a DP in spec-VP can also be a potential binder. Regarding the verbal reflexive morpheme, it is observed that it can also appear in inchoatives. To account for this dual nature of the verbal reflexive morpheme, I argue that a particular type of v, a causative v, is needed for the realization of the verbal reflexive morpheme. I further examine verbal reflexive morphemes in other languages and claim that verbal reflexive morphemes can be subject to different morphosyntactic restrictions cross-linguistically.

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Subject
Linguistics
Classification
0290: Linguistics
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; India
Title
The morphosyntax of reflexives: A case study of Kannada
Author
Kim, Kyumin
Number of pages
124
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0026
Source
MAI 45/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780494192443
University/institution
University of Calgary (Canada)
University location
Canada
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MR19244
ProQuest document ID
305359057
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305359057
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