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Olga Steriopolo, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Leibniz–Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2018.086.08

ABSTRACT

This is a study of Russian evaluative nominalizing suffixes with the ability to produce a change in syntactic category and categoryfeatures of the base, such as animacy, declension class, and 
gender. Th e majority of these suffixes consistently form animate evaluative derivations of declension class II (–a–declension). However, when it comes to grammatical gender, there appears to be no consistency in gender of evaluative derivations. Th us, non–kinship bases are subject to change in gender and consistently produce evaluative derivations of common gender (masculine or feminine). Kinship bases, in comparison, do not change their gender at all. I propose an analysis of this phenomenon within the framework of Distributed Morphology. This 
work will be of interest to theoretical linguists, language typologists, Russian linguists and educators, as well as anybody interested in grammatical gender.

 

KEYWORDS

evaluative suffixes; nominalizer; grammatical gender; declension class; kinship nouns; Russian

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