Studies in Russian morphology: I. The suffix -aga.

by Dean S. Worth

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An analysis of the formal and semantic structure of Russian nouns derived from nouns, adkectives, and verbs by means of the sufix -aga. The formal devices of derivation include not only addition of the suffix itself, but also specific procedures for selecting a derivational stem and specific consonantal and vocalic alternations occasioned by the suffix. The semantic differential between base form and derivative in -aga is descrived in terms of differences of referential meaning and of evaluative and distributional markings. The parallelism of formal and nonformal procedures is indicated, as well as the interaction of derived and nonderived -aga forms.

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