Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

EditorMatthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown

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Deponency is a mismatch between form and function in language that was first described for Latin, where there is a group of verbs (the deponents) which are morphologically passive but syntactically active. This is evidence of a larger problem involving the interface between syntax andmorphology: inflectional morphology is supposed to specify syntactic function, but sometimes it sends out the wrong signal. Although the problem is as old as the Western linguistic tradition, no generally accepted account of it has yet been given, and it is safe to say that all current theories oflanguage have been constructed as if deponency did not exist. In recent years, however, linguists have begun to confront its theoretical implications, albeit largely in isolation from each other. There is as yet no definitive statement of the problem, nor any generally accepted definition of its nature and scope. This volume brings together the findings of leading scholars working in the area of morphological mismatches, and represents the first book-length typological and theoretical treatment of the topic. It will establish the important role that research on deponency has to play in contemporarylinguistics, and set the standard for future work.

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Deponency is a mismatch between form and function in language that was first described for Latin, where there is a group of verbs (the deponents) which are morphologically passive but syntactically active. This is evidence of a larger problem involving the interface between syntax andmorphology: inflectional morphology is supposed to s...

Dr Dunstan Brown, Editor, British, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Surrey Dr Andrew Hippisley, Editor, British/American, Lecturer in Computing, University of Surrey

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197264107

ISBN - 13:9780197264102

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Matthew Baerman: Morphological typology of deponencyGreville Corbett: Deponency, syncretism and what lies in betweenAndrew Spencer: Extending deponency: implications for morphological mismatchesGregory Stump: A non-canonical pattern of deponency and its implicationsNikolaos Lavidas and Dimitra Papangeli: Deponency in the diachrony of GreekZheng Xu, Mark Aronoff and Frank Anshen: Deponency in LatinAndrew Hippisley: Declarative Deponency: a Network Morphology account of morphological mismatchesJonathan Bobaljik: The limits of deponency: a Chukotko-centric perspectiveJeffrey Good: Slouching towards deponency: a family of mismatches in the Bantu verb stemRicardo Bermudez-Otero: Spanish pseudoplurals: phonological cues in the acquisition of a syntax/morphology mismatchNicholas Evans: Pseudo-argument affixes in Iwaidja and Ilgar: a case of deponent subject and object agreementPeter Matthews: Afterward: How safe are our analyses?