Categories, Root Complexes and Default Stress

Slovenian Nominalizations Revisited


  • Marko Simonović University of Graz, Austria



stress, nominalizations, distributed morphology, default stress pattern, derivational affixes as roots, radical cores


A new account is presented of stress assignment in deadjectival and deverbal nominalizations in Slovenian, explicitly addressing both regular cases and exceptions. The analysis is an extension of the account by Marvin (2003) and is couched in the model developed by Lowenstamm (2014), which views derivational affixes as transitive roots. The main addition to Lowenstamm’s model is the proposal that parts of the structure which only contain roots with no intermediate functional structure (the ‘radical cores’) always receive default prosody. The presented analysis dispenses with lexical stress in Slovenian affixes and derives the prosodic properties of affixed words solely from their structure.


Download data is not yet available.


HALLE, Morris/Alec MARANTZ (1993) “Distributed morphology and the pieces of inflection.” In: K. Hale/S. J. Keyser (eds), The View from Building 20: Essays in Linguistics in Honor of Sylvain Bromberger. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 111–176.

HALLE, Morris/Alec MARANTZ (1994) “Some key features of distributed morphology.” In: A. Carnie/H. Harley/T. Bures (eds), MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 21. Cambridge, MA: MITWPL, 275–288.

LOWENSTAMM, Jean (2014) “Affixes as roots.” In: A. Alexiadou/H. Borer/F. Schäfer (eds), The syntax of roots and the roots of syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 230–259.

MARANTZ, Alec (1996) “‘Cat’ as a phrasal idiom.” Manuscript. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

MARVIN, Tatjana (2003) Topics in the stress and syntax of words. Doctoral dissertation. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

REVITHIADOU, Anthi (1999) Headmost accent wins: Head dominance and idealprosodic form in lexical accent systems. Doctoral dissertation. Leiden: Leiden University.

SIMONOVIĆ, Marko (2020) “Derivational affixes as roots across categories.” [In press.]



4. 12. 2020

How to Cite

Simonović, M. (2020). Categories, Root Complexes and Default Stress: Slovenian Nominalizations Revisited. Linguistica, 60(1), 103-117.

Most read articles by the same author(s)