A lexical account of Sorani Kurdish prepositions





In Sorani Kurdish dialects, the complement of a preposition can generally be realized either as a syntactic item (NP, independent pronoun or PP) or a bound personal morpheme (clitic/affix). However, the affixal realization of the complement gives rise to a range of specific phenomena. First, some prepositions display two different phonological forms depending on the realization of their complement: the variant combining with a syntactic item is referred to as ˋsimple', while the variant combining with an affixal complement is called ˋabsolute'. Furthermore, unlike syntactic complements, which are always realized locally, the affixal complement of an absolute preposition can have a non-local realization, attaching to a host with which it has no morphosyntactic relations. In order to deal with these facts, this paper proposes a classification of Sorani prepositions along two lines: the affixal versus non-affixal realization of the complement on the one hand and its local versus non-local realization on the other hand. All cases of non-local realization receive a lexical account, either in terms of argument composition or in terms of linearization constraints on domain objects.




How to Cite

Samvelian, Pollet. 2007. A lexical account of Sorani Kurdish prepositions. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 235–249. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2007.14) (https://proceedings.hpsg.xyz/article/view/167) (Accessed December 8, 2022.)