Adjacent vs. separated placement of preposition and noun as a factor in noun inflection: The cases of Bosnian- Croatian-Serbian pazuho ‘armpit’
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Wayles Browne
Cornell University, USA
Published 2021-07-26
https://doi.org/10.15388/SBOL.2021.3
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Keywords

Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
declension
consonant alternation
second palatalization
adjacency
separation

How to Cite

Browne W. (2021) “Adjacent vs. separated placement of preposition and noun as a factor in noun inflection: The cases of Bosnian- Croatian-Serbian pazuho ‘armpit’”, Vilnius University Open Series, pp. 67-77. doi: 10.15388/SBOL.2021.3.

Abstract

The alternations k~c, g~z, and x~s occurring before i in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS) noun declension stem from the Second Palatalization of Velars, but are no longer phonologically conditioned. In the dative-locative singular of nouns with nominative in -a, they are favored or hindered by a combination of morphological criteria. In the dative-instrumental-locative plural of masculine nouns, they are almost exceptionless. In the same three cases of neuter nouns they occur more when the noun is directly after a preposition, less when other words intervene between the preposition and the noun, a phenomenon that has not previously been remarked in the literature. We exemplify it with the noun pazuho ‘armpit’.

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