√ov Is in the Air

The Extreme Multifunctionality of the Slovenian Affix ov


  • Marko Simonović University of Graz, Austria
  • Petra Mišmaš University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia




morphology, distributed morphology, Slovenian, multifunctional affix, roots


In this paper we consider several instances of the Slovenian affix ov, which surfaces in many, apparently unrelated contexts. Here we focus on (i) ov in verbs, where it can act as an imperfectivizer or a verbalizer, (ii) ov found in possessive adjectives and kind adjectives derived from nouns, (iii) ov which precedes the adjectiviser (e)n in denominal adjectives, and (iv) ov in nominal declension (acting as a genitive case ending in dual and plural or as a dual/plural augment). Building on the observation that certain affixes function either as inflectional or as derivational (see Simonović and Arsenijević 2020), and working within a Distributed Morphology approach which postulates that derivational affixes should be analyzed as roots (e.g. Lowenstamm 2014), we argue for a single multifunctional ov. This ov is a potentially meaningless root that can take as a complement other roots (thus forming a “radical core”) or phrases, resulting in different structures and consequently different stress patterns and meanings, but can also act as an Elsewhere allomorph, whose insertion is guided by an interplay of phonological and morphological constraints.


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4. 12. 2020

How to Cite

Simonović, M., & Mišmaš, P. (2020). √ov Is in the Air: The Extreme Multifunctionality of the Slovenian Affix ov. Linguistica, 60(1), 83-102. https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.60.1.83-102