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Directionality and (un)natural classes in syncretism

Baerman, M (2004) Directionality and (un)natural classes in syncretism Language, 80 (4). 807 - 827. ISSN 0097-8507


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Syncretism, where a single form corresponds to multiple morphosyntactic functions, is pervasive in languages with inflectional morphology. Its interpretation highlights the contrast between different views of the status of morphology. For some, morphology lacks independent structure, and syncretism reflects the internal structure of morphosyntactic features. For others, morphological structure is autonomous, and syncretism provides direct evidence of this. In this article, I discuss two phenomena which argue for the second view. Directional effects and unnatural classes of values resist attempts to reduce them to epiphenomena of more general rule types, and require purely morphological devices for their expression

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
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Date : 1 December 2004
Identification Number : 10.1353/lan.2004.0163
Uncontrolled Keywords : Social Sciences, Linguistics, Language & Linguistics, LINGUISTICS
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Depositing User : Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited : 27 May 2010 14:39
Last Modified : 04 Sep 2014 13:33

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