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Family Resemblance and the Syncretism of Reflexive Marks: The Case of Georgian.


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LAZZARINI-CYRINO, João Paulo. Family Resemblance and the Syncretism of Reflexive Marks: The Case of Georgian. Cadernos de Estudos Linguísticos, Campinas, SP, v. 56, n. 2, p. 197–217, 2015. DOI: 10.20396/cel.v56i2.8641474. Disponível em: Acesso em: 19 abr. 2024.


Georgian verbal pre-radical vowel -i- raises many issues for generative and cognitive approaches to the syncretism of reflexive marks. The vowel bears medio-passive functionalities (Nash, 2002), occurring also in full reflexives (Amiridze, 2006) and as a perfective aspect marker for atelic verbs (Holisky, 1981). In this paper I show that any analysis based in valence reduction - the most obvious path for accounting for this kind of phenomenon - is uncapable of foreseeing the distribution of -i-. Alternatively, I propose that the vowel is distributed according to a Wittgensteinian Family Resemblance (Familienähnlichkeit) set.


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