Project summaries

Adpostpositions in Standard Eastern Armenian(Oleg Beliajev and Nelli Matevosian)
In Modern Eastern Armenian, most lexical items traditionally labeled as postpositions may be traced back to nominals or adverbs. Even when the original lexical items become obsolete, the postpositions derived from them continue to manifest some inherited morphosyntactic properties, e.g. case, number and possessive markers for denominal postpositions. A set of morphosyntactic features will be suggested to distinguish postpositions from other part-of-speech categories.

Locative in Standard Eastern Armenian (Timofey Arkhangelskiy and Ksenija Semyonova)
In Eastern Armenian, there are several spatial markers and marking strategies for nominals, including locative, ablative and dative cases and various postpositions. Although the dominant essive strategy is the locative case, not every lexeme has a locative form. The research focuses on finding out which classes of nouns have locative forms and what are alternatives to convey essive spatial meanings.

Affixoids in Standard Eastern Armenian (Kirill Korchagin)
Compounding and morphological derivation are phenomena highly characteristic of Modern Eastern Armenian. Affixoids (the term was introduced by V.Lopatin) are elements intermediate between fully morphologized derivational affixes and independent ‘lexical’ components of compounds. They are used as autonomous lexical items; on the other hand, in word formation, they are used in productive derivational patterns with semantics highly generalized and significantly different from the semantics of their lexical prototypes. In this study, a list of Eastern Armenian affixoids will be compiled, and each entry will be provided with a formal and semantic description.