Macedonian Verbal Morphology: A Structural Analysis

Mark J. Elson

This book is a description of the verbal morphology of the Macedonian literary language. However, unlike analyses which have preceded, it is concerned not only with presentation of the facts, but also with justification of the claims it makes relating to the structure of the assignment of meaning to form, the structure of the conjugational unit, and the grammatical function of alternations. It is therefore offered not only as a contribution to the study of Macedonian and Slavic verbal morphology, but also to three areas of concern in theoretical morphology which have begun to attract the attention of linguists: justification (i.e., descriptive/explanatory adequacy) in morphological description, the relevance of historical information in the justification of synchronic analysis, and the nature of paradigmatic organization and its role in the potential of form to represent grammatical meaning.