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The Reanalysis of Lithuanian Reflexive -si-: A DM Approach
Milena Šereikaitė
447-453 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

The Lithuanian reflexive clitic -si- appears as a suffix in unprefixed verbs and as a prefix in prefixed verbs: slèpiau-si- hide-RFL vs. pa-si-slèpiau- PRF-RLF-hide. -si- is argued to show second position effects (Nevis and Joseph 1993; Embick and Noyer 2001) because in prefixed verbs with a lexical prefix like pa, -si- seems to be adjacent to the leftmost prefix. The author provides new data from prefix stacking and demonstrates that in prefixed verbs -si- is not a second position clitic. -si- is analyzed as a valency-reducing clitic in VoiceP (Wood 2015; Schäfer 2008) whose preverbal and postverbal placement requires two different initial positions and an implication that Local Dislocation can manipulate the output of syntax at PF (Embick and Noyer 2001).

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Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin
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