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Morphomic splits

Corbett, GG (2016) Morphomic splits In: The Morphome Debate. Oxford University Press., pp. 64-88. ISBN 9780198702108

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Lexemes may have an internally consistent paradigm, or the paradigm may be split into segments. Splits may be ‘motivated’, that is they may correspond to morphosemantic, morphosyntactic2 or phonological specifications. Alternatively the split may lack such motivation, in which case we have a morphomic split, one which arguably increases the complexity of the system with no obvious corresponding return. We shall focus on the difference between these two types, so that we can recognise morphomic splits. There are some properties which the two types of split share: for instance, both motivated and morphomic splits can be viewed in terms of Wurzel’s Paradigm Structure Conditions (1989: 118), that is, there can be predictive relations within the segments; and both types can persist over long periods of time.3 But they are also interestingly different, which makes drawing the distinction valuable. It bears on the important notion that syntax is morphology-free. Our main question, then, is ‘how do morphomic splits differ from motivated splits?’

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects : Language
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
Authors :
Corbett, GG
Editors :
Luís, A
Bermúdez-Otero, R
Date : 21 July 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press. This chapter © Greville G. Corbett. Published  by Oxford University Press.
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Date Deposited : 08 Aug 2016 12:14
Last Modified : 21 Jul 2018 02:08

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