Nounness, gender, class and syntactic structures in Italian nouns

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This work proposes an analysis of Italian nouns. It explores the concept of the “final vowel” and claims that it is an analyzable object which is active in the formation of nouns in the language. The paper suggests that each “final vowel” is a complex morphophonological object (in the spirit of Kaye, Lowenstamm & Vergnaud 1985, 1990) and that only a syntactic approach to noun formation (Halle & Marantz 1993) can fully account for the distribution of such morphophonological complexes. On a more general level, the analysis depicted explains the behavior and the formation of non-derived simple nouns in Italian.


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