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Paradigmatic chaos in Nuer

Baerman, M (2012) Paradigmatic chaos in Nuer Language, 88 (3). pp. 467-494.

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Abstract

The case-number suffixes of the Western Nilotic language Nuer (Frank 1999) display a remarkable combination of formal simplicity and distributional complexity, which is manifested in: (i) a seemingly erratic form-function mapping that precludes attributing a consistent meaning to them, and (ii) a wealth of inflection classes only barely differentiated from each other. The suffixes looks as if they were rule-generated, but behave as if they were memorized. I advance a model of inflection combining principal parts, implicational rules and default inheritence, which attributes the bulk of the complexity is attributed to the lexical stem, revealing the underlying systematicity behind suffix assignment.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages
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Baerman, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 September 2012
Identification Number : 10.1353/lan.2012.0065
Uncontrolled Keywords : Linguistics, Language & Linguistics, inflection, morphology, complexity, syncretism, inflection class, entropy, NETWORK MORPHOLOGY, INFLECTION, DATR
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Sep 2014 09:50
Last Modified : 30 Sep 2014 13:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/806007

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