Vedic preverbs as markers of valency-changing derivations Transitivity and objecthood in Indo-European (Evidence from Old Indo-Aryan)

@article{Kulikov2012VedicPA,
  title={Vedic preverbs as markers of valency-changing derivations Transitivity and objecthood in Indo-European (Evidence from Old Indo-Aryan)},
  author={Leonid Kulikov},
  journal={Studies in Language},
  year={2012},
  volume={36},
  pages={721-746}
}
  • L. Kulikov
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in Language
The present paper offers an analysis of the transitivizing and intransitivizing preverbs (semi-bound verbal prefixes) in Vedic Sanskrit. I will argue that the (in)transitivizing force of these morphemes is weak: the passivization test shows that transitivizing preverbs only exceptionally make fundamentally intransitive verbs true transitives, whilst the only intransitivizing preverb vi has but a rather limited valency-changing capacity. 
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