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Periphrasis in Romance<sup>*</sup>

Catherine Taylor

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589982.003.0019
                             Periphrasis in Romance*

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Periphrasis is typically considered the domain of either syntax or morphology. I find it is syntactic structure realizing morphological features. Periphrasis should therefore be performed by the morphological component. I establish that French and Catalan past perfectives and the French present perfect are periphrastic. The abstracted paradigm model maps the lexeme and syntactic feature set to be realized to the individual forms comprising the realization of that set for that lexeme. The morphology creates those forms as normal. In Catalan, the past perfective has both synthetic and periphrastic forms, therefore a purely functional account of inferential – realizational morphology is insufficient.

Keywords: periphrasis; compositionality; synthetic forms; syntax

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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