The status of the non-finite OmstO morpheme in Erzya

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This article approaches the +OmstO formative used in deverbal inflection from a concatenational perspective. It describes the morphological distinction between the elative-case non-finite in +Om+stO (‘to arrive’ sams => samsto; ‘to pray’ oznoms => oznomsto; ‘to go’ moĺems => moĺemste) and its counterpart the elative-case deverbal noun in +OmA+stO (‘to arrive’ sams => samosto; ‘to pray’ oznoms => oznomasto; ‘to go’ moĺems => moĺemasto). These parallel forms are then subjected to further morphological and semantic inspection: (i) compatibility with the three declination types, indefinite (zero), possessive (cross-referential adnominal person morphology) and definite (determiner) marking, and (ii) compatibility with functions attributed to the elative case of other common nouns. Finally, a tendency is discerned according to which both inflection types can be regarded as elative-case nouns distinguished by a [±PROGRESSIVE] parameter, whereby the so-called gerund is indicates a process, and the so-called deverbal noun a result.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLinguistica Uralica
VolumeXLVII (2011)
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)41–55
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Fields of Science

  • 612 Languages and Literature
  • Erzya
  • nonfinites
  • nouns
  • elative case
  • gerund
  • adnominal person morphology

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