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Cyclicity versus movement: English nominalization and syntactic approaches to morpho-phonological regularity

  • Jeffrey Punske (a1)

In this paper, I show that Embick's (2010) cyclic head approach to regular morphology alone cannot account for the freely available variations in the realization of nominalizers in English nominalizations involving overt verbalizers. Instead, I offer an account of the regularity effects using the technology of Local Dislocation (Embick and Noyer 2001, Embick and Marantz 2008, Embick 2007a, 2007b). Using this analysis, I derive both the variable nominalization patterns and the restrictions on particles and results in derived nominals from Sichel (2010). By treating regularity as the by-product of extant morphosyntatic operations, we can better explain the distribution of regular and irregular nominalizers and account for particle/result restrictions in English derived nominals.

Dans cet article, je démontre que l'approche développée par Embick (2010) pour tenir compte de la morphologie régulière en termes de têtes cycliques ne peut pas expliquer la variation libre dans la réalisation des nominalisateurs dans les nominalisations anglaises qui incluent des verbalisateurs visibles. Ensuite, j'offre une analyse des régularités qui exploite le mécanisme du Déplacement local (Embick and Noyer 2001, Embick and Marantz 2008, Embick 2007a, 2007b). Cette analyse explique à la fois les différentes réalisations dans les nominalisations et les contraintes concernant les particules et les résultats dans les nominaux dérivés de Sichel (2010). En analysant la régularité comme le produit dérivé d'opérations morphosyntaxiques actives, nous arrivons à mieux expliquer la distribution des nominalisateurs réguliers et irréguliers et tenir compte des contraintes concernant les particules et les résultats dans les nominaux dérivés en anglais.

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