Subjunctive-Negation Interaction in Sorani Kurdish

Document Type : Research Paper

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Except for personal clitics in past transitive forms, Sorani Kurdish has threeverbal prefixes; n?- for negation, be- for subjunctive, and (d)?- for imperfective. Thisarticle starts with bringing forth the question of why subjunctive marker in this languagecannot appear with verbal negative or aspect prefixes while there is no problem with the co-occurence of negative and aspect prefixes.After proposing some possible analyses, the author tries to analyze the question based onDM theory, saying that negation head moves downward, merges with the mood head, andthe merged form gets one phonological content by vocabulary items. For imperfectiveappearing in the final position in past subjunctives, she analyzes that this aspect headmoves to the final position of the verb in the presence of subjunctive marker. Both thesemovements happen in the morphological structure of PF –the first operates in terms ofhierarchical structure and before the linearizational rules being applied and the second operates in terms of linear order and after linearization- hence they are namedphonological rules, which are language-specific. As these rules changes –or sometimes add to- the syntactic structure, they are called readjustment rules too

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Volume 3, Issue 1 - Serial Number 1
October 2013
Pages 99-116
  • Receive Date: 22 May 2011
  • Revise Date: 03 September 2012
  • Accept Date: 17 October 2013
  • First Publish Date: 17 October 2013