Neo-Štokavian deverbal je-nominalisations contain passive participles
An analysis is presented for the prosody of four groups of forms (infinitive, present tense, passive participle and the deverbal noun) of the most numerous theme-vowel class in Neo-Štokavian (characterised by the theme vowel i). A cyclic analysis of en-participles and je-nominalisations is proposed, showing that the latter contain the former. As noted in traditional grammars, this approach is challenged by the fact that je-nominalisations typically have the prosodic pattern of the infinitive, while the en-participle displays a neutralisation of lexical prosody. The analysis demonstrates that en-participles are indeed contained in je-nominalisations, but do not trigger a phonological cycle in them, which is why tonal contrasts survive.
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