Accession Number:

AD0652200

Title:

STUDIES IN RUSSIAN MORPHOLOGY: II. VOWEL-ZERO ALTERATIONS IN DERIVATION,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1967-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

37.0

Abstract:

The memorandum analyzes the vowel-zero alternations of contemporary standard Russian, with emphasis on those alternations that are specific to the derivational as opposed to the flexional system. A brief introduction sketches the theoretical generative framework within which the specific techniques of word-formation are considered, and provides a condensed survey of flexional vowel-zero alternations as a contrasting background to the bulk of the memorandum. It is shown that there are two types of vowel-zero alternation in the Russian derivational system. In the first type, a flexional-level vowel-zero morphophoneme is stabilized as either a full vowel or as zero in the course of derivation. In the second type, a full vowel in the derivational base alternates with zero in the derived word, or vice versa. The existence of a vowel-zero morphophoneme on the derivational level is suggested as an explanation for certain of these alternations. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE