STUDIES IN RUSSIAN MORPHOLOGY. I. THE SUFFIX-AGA,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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The formal and semantic structure of Russian nouns derived from nouns, adjectives and verbs by means of the suffix -aga is analyzed. The formal devices of derivation include not only addition of the suffix itself, but specific procedures for selection of a derivational stem, and specific consonantal and vocalic alternations occasioned by the suffix. The semantic differential between base form and derivative in -aga is described in terms of differences of referential meaning and of evaluative and distributional markings. The parallelism of formal and nonformal procedures is pointed out, as is the interaction of derived and non-derived -aga forms.