Toward an understanding of apparent suppletion in Romance pronominal possessives

Richard S. Kayne

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    Abstract

    The Italian pair ∗il luo libro vs. il suo libro ('the his/her book') that is typical of Romance lends itself to an account of the first in terms of constraints also seen in the syntax of compounding, and to an account of the second that links its s-, despite initial appearances, to what we think of as Romance reflexive s-. We might informally call this pair an instance of suppletion, as long as we recognize that calling it suppletion falls short of an account.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)251-276
    Number of pages26
    JournalProbus
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 28 2018

    Keywords

    • agreement
    • person
    • possessive
    • pronoun
    • reflexive
    • suppletion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language

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