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Inflectional Paradigms
Content and Form at the Syntax-Morphology Interface


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  • Date Published: January 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107460850

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  • Sometimes dismissed as linguistically epiphenomenal, inflectional paradigms are, in reality, the interface of a language's morphology with its syntax and semantics. Drawing on abundant evidence from a wide range of languages (French, Hua, Hungarian, Kashmiri, Latin, Nepali, Noon, Old Norse, Sanskrit, Turkish, Twi and others), Stump examines a variety of mismatches between words' content and form, including morphomic patterns, defectiveness, overabundance, syncretism, suppletion, deponency and polyfunctionality. He demonstrates that such mismatches motivate a new grammatical architecture in which two kinds of paradigms are distinguished: content paradigms, which determine word forms' syntactic distribution and semantic interpretation, and form paradigms, which determine their inflectional realization. In this framework, the often nontrivial linkage between a lexeme's content paradigm and its stems' form paradigm is the nexus at which incongruities of content and form are resolved. Stump presents clear and precise analyses of a range of morphological phenomena in support of this theoretical innovation.

    • Carefully chosen examples provide readers with thoroughly explained instances of content/form mismatches in inflection
    • Evidence from a wide range of languages demonstrates the universal applicability of the analytic framework developed in the book
    • Provides precise definitions, examples and applications of novel theoretical concepts
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    'Inflectional paradigms is an excellent book combining clarity of exposition, rich empirical coverage and theoretical sophistication. … I would like to recommend Stump's new book to all interested in morphological typology and theories of syntax-morphology interface, including not only linguists of a more theoretical stance, but typologists and descriptive linguists as well.' Peter M. Arkadiev, The Linguist List

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107460850
    • length: 239 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus. 182 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. What are inflectional paradigms?
    2. Canonical inflectional paradigms
    3. Morphosyntactic properties
    4. Lexemes
    5. Stems
    6. Inflection classes
    7. A conception of the relation of content to form in inflectional paradigms
    8. Morphomic properties
    9. Too many cells, too few cells
    10. Syncretism
    11. Suppletion and heteroclisis
    12. Deponency and metaconjugation
    13. Polyfunctionality
    14. Theoretical synopsis and two further issues.

  • Author

    Gregory Stump, University of Kentucky
    Gregory Stump is a professor of linguistics at the University of Kentucky. His principal research area is the theory and typology of complex systems of inflectional morphology.

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