Inflectional Paradigms : Content and Form at the Syntax-Morphology Interface Paperback / softback
Part of the Cambridge Studies in Linguistics series
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 239 pages, 182 Tables, black and white; 33 Line drawings, unspecified
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Publication Date: 30/12/2015
- Category: Grammar, syntax
- ISBN: 9781107460850