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Doubling in Morphology


Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521114509

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  • This groundbreaking new study takes a novel approach to reduplication, a phenomenon whereby languages use repetition to create new words. Sharon Inkelas and Cheryl Zoll argue that the driving force in reduplication is identity at the morphosyntactic, not the phonological level, and present a new model of reduplication - Morphological Doubling Theory - that derives the full range of reduplication patterns. This approach shifts the focus away from the relatively small number of cases of phonological overapplication and underapplication, which have played a major role in earlier studies, to the larger class of cases where base and reduplicant diverge phonologically. The authors conclude by arguing for a theoretical shift in phonology, which entails more attention to word structure. As well as presenting the authors' pioneering work, this book also provides a much-needed overview of reduplication, the study of which has become one of the most contentious in modern phonological theory.

    • Provides the broadest empirical coverage to date of reduplicative phenomena
    • Integrates phonology and morphology (previously morphology was largely ignored)
    • Provides a much-needed critique of current theories of reduplication
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… [Inkelas and Zoll] should … be applauded for their discussion and analysis of both classic and less well-known reduplication patterns. Calling the field's attention to some of these sources of data and the importance of specific patterns is invaluable.' Journal of Linguistics

    'I regard this book as a valuable and stimulating contribution to the revived study of reduplication. It is surely a must for every scholar who wants to come to grips with reduplication - no matter what his/her theoretical convictions are …' Language Typology and Universals

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521114509
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Evidence for morphological doubling
    3. Morphologically conditioned phonology in reduplication: the daughters
    4. Morphologically conditioned phonology in reduplication: the mother node
    5. Morphologically-driven opacity in reduplication
    6. Case-studies
    7. Final issues.

  • Authors

    Sharon Inkelas, University of California, Berkeley
    Sharon Inkelas is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, University of California at Berkeley.

    Cheryl Zoll, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cheryl Zoll is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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