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Prefixes in Czech zero-derived nominalizations and verbs

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CAHA Pavel ZIKOVÁ Markéta

Year of publication 2022
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Arts

Description This article investigates the relationship between prefixed verbs and related zero nominalizations in Czech. Specifically, we focus on the fact that the prefix in zero-derived nominalizations often has a different form compared to the one found in the related verb. Our goal is to understand why this is so, i.e., why the shape of the prefix changes when we derive a noun from the verb (or vice versa). Our analysis relies on the wide-spread idea that zero nominalizations share with verbs a number of functional projections, but their structure is impoverished. The most relevant property that zero nominalizations lack is Aspect. Since prefixes are crucially involved in aspectual interpretation, the absence of aspect in nouns triggers a special shape of the prefix. The specific implementation draws on the Nanosyntax theory of spellout (Starke 2018, De Clercq 2019). We also rely on the idea that the prefix undergoes phrasal movement, as proposed in Svenonius (2004).
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