Baerman, M (2007) Morphological reversals Journal of Linguistics, 43 (1). pp. 33-61.
The term morphological reversal describes the situation where the members of a morphological opposition switch their functions in some context (as with Hebrew gender marking, where -Ø ~ -a marks masculine ~ feminine with adjectives but feminineymasculine with numerals). There is a long tradition of polemic against the notion that morphology can encode systematic reversals, and an equally long tradition of reintroducing them under different names (e.g. polarity, exchange rules or morphosyntactic toggles). An examination of some unjustly neglected examples (number in Nehan, aspect in Tubatulabal, tense in Trique and argument marking in Neo-Aramaic) confirms the existence of morphological reversal, particularly as a mechanism of language change. This is strong evidence for the separateness of morphological paradigms from the features that they encode.
|Divisions :||Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group|
|Date :||1 March 2007|
|Identification Number :||10.1017/S0022226706004440|
|Uncontrolled Keywords :||Social Sciences, Linguistics, Language & Linguistics, LINGUISTICS|
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|Depositing User :||Mr Adam Field|
|Date Deposited :||27 May 2010 14:40|
|Last Modified :||04 Sep 2014 13:33|
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