Postsyntactic Reordering in the Mari Nominal Domain - Evidence from Suspended Affixation
Philipp Weisser
January 2016

We argue that the unusual morphological template in the noun phrase of Meadow Mari should be derived on the basis of an underlying structure that is consistent with standard assumptions about DP syntax and the Mirror Principle. The analysis we propose derives the actual surface order of morphemes in Mari by means of two postsyntactic reordering operations: A lowering operation and a metathesis operation. Evidence for this account comes from a process called Suspended Affixation. This process is known to delete the right edges of non-final conjuncts under recoverability. We show however, that Suspended Affixation in Mari does not apply to the right edges of surface orders. Rather, the right edges of an inter- mediate postsyntactic representation are relevant. Thus, the account we present makes a strong argument for a stepwise derivation of the actual surface forms and thus for a strongly derivational architecture of the postsyntactic module.
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keywords: templatic morphology, suspended affixation, postsyntactic reordering, lowering, metathesis, mirror principle, opacity, morphology, syntax
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