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Inflectional Paradigms: Content and Form at the Syntax-Morphology Interface (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

Inflectional Paradigms: Content and Form at the Syntax-Morphology Interface (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

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Gregory Stump
Cambridge University Press, 12/30/2015
EAN 9781107460850, ISBN10: 1107460859

Paperback, 239 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

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.

1. What are inflectional paradigms?
2. Canonical inflectional paradigms
3. Morphosyntactic properties
4. Lexemes
5. Stems
6. Inflection classes
7. A conception of the relation of content to form in inflectional paradigms
8. Morphomic properties
9. Too many cells, too few cells
10. Syncretism
11. Suppletion and heteroclisis
12. Deponency and metaconjugation
13. Polyfunctionality
14. Theoretical synopsis and two further issues.