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Linguistica Uralica
ISSN 1736-7506 (Electronic)
ISSN 0868-4731 (Print)

The Status of the Non-Finite -OmstO Morpheme in Erzya; pp. 41-55

Full article in PDF format | doi:10.3176/lu.2011.1.03

Author
Jack Rueter

Abstract
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 (sams --> samsto ’to arrive’; oznoms --> oznomsto ’to pray’; mol'ems --> mol'emste ’to go’) and its counterpart the elative-case deverbal noun in +OmA+stO (sams --> samosto ’to arrive’; oznoms --> oznomasto ’to pray’; mol'ems --> mol'emasto ’to go’). These parallel forms are then subjected to further morphological and semantic inspection: (1) compatibility with the three declination types, indefinite (zero), possessive (cross-referential adnominal person morphology) and definite (determiner) marking, and (2) 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 elativecase nouns distinguished by a [±progressive] parameter, whereby the so-called gerund is indicates a process, and the so-called deverbal noun a result.
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