Goal-Source Asymmetry and Russian Spatial Prefixes

  • Evgenia Markovskaya University of Tromsø
Keywords: syntax, morphosyntax, Goal, Source, Goal-Source Asymmetry, prefix, event structure, telicity, Russian, the Case, split PP fronting, Identity Condition, adjunct, lexical, super-lexical prefixes, open space entities, Slavic prefix

Abstract

In this paper, I draw on data from Russian to argue for the asymmetry between Goal and Source prepositional phrases. Source prepositional phrases are structurally ambiguous; they can occur both as arguments and adjuncts in certain syntactic contexts. Goal prepositional phrases are unambiguously arguments. I claim that Source prepositions have lexically specified semantics, which determines their relative structural freedom; whereas Goal prepositions are derived from locative prepositions when the building of the event structure takes place and therefore they are bound to be the arguments of the verb.
Published
2007-01-10