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The issue of "separability" in Persian complex predicates

Abstract : This paper addresses the issue of separability in Persian complex predicates (CPs). These are syntactic combinations formed by a verb and a preverbal element (noun, adjective, preposition) realizing a single conceptual unit. Although the separabil-ity of the components of a CP by morphological and grammaticalized elements (ex. auxiliaries) is not a matter of controversy, the possibility for "real" syntactic constituents to interrupt a CP continues to be debated. Building on an experiment-based study, we show that real syntactic material can separate the components of a CP and suggest that this separability can be viewed as a word order variation phenomenon, comparable to the one observed for direct objects (DO) and indirect objects (IO) in the preverbal domain. The semantic bond plays nevertheless a role in granting CPs some hallmarks of "wordhood", favoring their adjacency, among other things.
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Pegah Faghiri, Pollet Samvelian. The issue of "separability" in Persian complex predicates. One-to-many relations in morphology, syntax and semantics, In press. ⟨halshs-02150964⟩

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