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The Syntax-Morphology Interface: a Study of Syncretism

Baerman, M, Brown, DP and Corbett, Greville G. (2005) The Syntax-Morphology Interface: a Study of Syncretism Cambridge Studies in Linguistics . Cambridge University Press. xix + 281pp., Cambridge. ISBN 0521821819

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Abstract

Syncretism - where a single form serves two or more morphosyntactic functions - is a persistent problem at the syntax-morphology interface. It results from a ‘mismatch’, whereby the syntax of a language makes a particular distinction, but the morphology does not. This pioneering book provides the first full-length study of inflectional syncretism, presenting a typology of its occurrence across a wide range of languages. The implications of syncretism for the syntax-morphology interface have long been recognised: it argues either for an enriched model of feature structure (thereby preserving a direct link between function and form), or for the independence of morphological structure from syntactic structure. The Syntax-Morphology Interface argues for the autonomy of morphology, and the resulting analysis is illustrated in a series of formal case studies within network morphology. It will be welcomed by all linguists interested in the relation between words and the larger units of which they are a part.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Morphology Linguistics Typology Language
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:39
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2014 15:40
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1307

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