Main morphological formal means II: Approaches to parasynthesis

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This chapter describes the word formation process referred to as “parasynthesis”, which involves an attachment of various affixes for a categorial change to happen. Ancient Greek grammarians had noted that parasynthesis was a derivation process based on a compound, whose product was called the parasyntheton. The chapter focuses on some relevant empirical aspects and the main descriptive proposals of parasynthesis. It explores a syntactic analysis, which aims to solve the conundrum of an apparently simultaneous attachment of two affixes to form the parasynthetic word. There is no consensus in the recent generative literature with regard to the role of prefixes in the syntactic/semantic structure of parasynthethic words in Romance languages. Accordingly, what follows is a bit sketchy but necessary to understand the phenomenon of verbal parasynthesis in Romance languages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Spanish Morphology
EditorsAntonio Fábregas, Víctor Acedo-Matellán, Grant Armstrong, María Cristina Cuervo, Isabel Pujol Payet
Place of PublicationOxon/New York
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780429318191
ISBN (Print)9780367331573
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2021

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NameRoutledge Spanish Language Handbooks


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