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The Limits of Deponency: A Chukotko-centric Perspective<sup>*</sup>

Jonathan David Bobaljik

in Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

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Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264102
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734380 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264102.003.0008

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 145

The Limits of Deponency: A Chukotko-centric Perspective*

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This chapter discusses two questions about the phenomenon of deponency. It lays out the basic case for treating the spurious antipassive (SAP) as an instance of deponency and looks at the differences between Chukchi and Latin. The highlights of a detailed theoretical analysis of the Chukchi SAP are then presented. The chapter concludes that no special deponency devices are necessary for an analysis of v-deponents in the Chukotko-Kamchatkan languages. Its properties are found to arise from the independently observed properties of Chukchi grammar, interacting in a predictable fashion with independent principles of morphology and syntax.

Keywords: spurious antipassive; deponency; Chukchi; special deponency devices; v-deponents; Chukchi grammar; morphology; syntax

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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