Inflectional Paradigms : Content and Form at the Syntax-Morphology Interface, Paperback / softback Book

Inflectional Paradigms : Content and Form at the Syntax-Morphology Interface Paperback / softback

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Linguistics series

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Sometimes dismissed as linguistically epiphenomenal, inflectional paradigms are, in reality, the interface of a language's morphology with its syntax and semantics.

Drawing on abundant evidence from a wide range of languages (French, Hua, Hungarian, Kashmiri, Latin, Nepali, Noon, Old Norse, Sanskrit, Turkish, Twi and others), Stump examines a variety of mismatches between words' content and form, including morphomic patterns, defectiveness, overabundance, syncretism, suppletion, deponency and polyfunctionality.

He demonstrates that such mismatches motivate a new grammatical architecture in which two kinds of paradigms are distinguished: content paradigms, which determine word forms' syntactic distribution and semantic interpretation, and form paradigms, which determine their inflectional realization.

In this framework, the often nontrivial linkage between a lexeme's content paradigm and its stems' form paradigm is the nexus at which incongruities of content and form are resolved.

Stump presents clear and precise analyses of a range of morphological phenomena in support of this theoretical innovation.

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  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 239 pages, 182 Tables, black and white; 33 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: Grammar, syntax
  • ISBN: 9781107460850

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