A non-uniform account of intransitive verbal forms in Hebrew

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The verbal template niXYaZ in Modern Hebrew allows for various kinds of verbal constructions save for a simple transitive verb. This is a puzzling state of affairs: unergatives that take an obligatory indirect object and unaccusatives are both attested, but transitive verbs are not allowed. I discuss what the morphology of this templates actually signals, given that internal and external arguments are both possible. Working in Distributed Morphology, I propose that a number of functional heads conspire to produce the existing alternation, with implications for theories of Semitic morphology as well as theories of argument structure in general.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2016
EventThe 90th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America: (LSA 2016) - Washington, DC, United States
Duration: 7 Jan 201610 Jan 2016


ConferenceThe 90th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, DC
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