The Prosody-Morphology Interface

The Prosody-Morphology Interface

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Edited by René Kager, Harry van der Hulst, Wim Zonneveld
Cambridge University Press, 06/05/1999
EAN 9780521621083, ISBN10: 0521621089

Hardcover, 452 pages, 22.6 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm

In many languages, word-formation is restricted by principles of prosody that organise speech into larger units such as the syllable. Written by an international team of leading linguists in the field of prosodic morphology, this 1999 book examines a range of key issues in the interaction of word-formation and prosody. It provides an explanation for non-concatenative morphology which occurs in different forms (such as reduplication) in many languages, by an interaction of independent general principles of prosodic and morphological well-formedness. Surveying developments in the field from the 1970s, the book describes the general transition in linguistic theory from rule-based approaches into constraint-based ones, and most of the contributions are written from the perspective of Optimality Theory, a rapidly developing theory of constraint interaction in generative grammar.