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      Suspended Affixation as Morpheme Ellipsis: Evidence from Ossetic Alternative Questions

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      Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
      Ubiquity Press
      syntax, morphology, ellipsis, suspended affixation, Ossetic

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          This paper provides novel evidence that ellipsis can target bound morphemes. The evidence comes from suspended affixation of case markers in alternative questions in Digor and Iron Ossetic. The current literature on alternative questions (e.g. Does Mary like coffee or tea?) proposes that in many languages they are derived by disjunction of and ellipsis in constituents as large as a vP or even as a CP. Language-specific evidence in favor of such structure of alternative questions is available for Ossetic as well. Accordingly, the ostensible disjuncts coffee or tea do not actually form a constituent and case must be separately assigned to each of the DPs. Therefore, a case suffix shared under suspended affixation cannot attach to the orP as a whole. A deletion-based analysis can successfully derive the properties of suspended affixation in Ossetic alternative questions. I advance a specific proposal that incorporates ellipsis into the Distributed Morphology derivation.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                23 January 2018
                2018
                : 3
                : 1
                : 12
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Massachusetts Amherst, 650 North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01003-1100, US
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.501
                426daca0-084a-4788-9d17-7dd7c3a800b9
                Copyright: © 2018 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

                History
                : 24 May 2016
                : 12 August 2017
                Categories
                Special collection: suspended affixation

                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                suspended affixation,ellipsis,morphology,Ossetic,syntax
                General linguistics, Linguistics & Semiotics
                suspended affixation, ellipsis, morphology, Ossetic, syntax

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