Inflectional Identity

Paperback | January 24, 2008

EditorAsaf Bachrach, Andrew Nevins

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A recurrent issue in linguistic theory and psychology concerns the cognitive status of memorized lists and their internal structure. In morphological theory, the collections of inflected forms of a given noun, verb, or adjective into inflectional paradigms are thought to constitute one suchtype of list. This book focuses on the question of which elements in a paradigm can stand in a relation of partial or total phonological identity. Leading scholars consider inflectional identity from a variety of theoretical perspectives, with an emphasis on both case studies and predictive theoriesof where syncretism and other "paradigmatic pressures" will occur in natural language. The authors consider phenomena such as allomorphy and syncretism while exploring questions of underlying representations, the formal properties of markedness, and the featural representation of conjugation anddeclension classes. They do so from the perspective of contemporary theories of morphology and phonology, including Distributed Morphology and Optimality Theory, and in the context of a wide range of languages, among them Amharic, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Saami, and Yiddish. The subjects addressedin the book include the role of featural decomposition of morphosyntactic features, the status of paradigms as the unit of syncretism, asymmetric effects in identity-dependence, and the selection of a base-of-derivation. The Bases of Inflectional Identity will interest linguists and cognitive scientists, especially students and scholars of phonological theory and the phonology-morphology and mind-language interfaces at graduate level and above.

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A recurrent issue in linguistic theory and psychology concerns the cognitive status of memorized lists and their internal structure. In morphological theory, the collections of inflected forms of a given noun, verb, or adjective into inflectional paradigms are thought to constitute one suchtype of list. This book focuses on the questio...

Asaf Bachrach is a doctoral student at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. His research focuses on morphosyntax and neurolinguistics. His theoretical work centers on the representation and consequences of identity in a cyclic model of grammar. His brain research, using non-invasive imaging techniques as well as the st...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:January 24, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199219648

ISBN - 13:9780199219643

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1. Asaf Bachrach and Andrew Nevins: Approaches to Inflectional Identity2. Jonathan Bobaljik: Paradigms (Optimal and Otherwise): A Case for Scepticism3. Morris Halle and Alec Marantz: Clarifying 'Blur': Paradigms, Defaults, and Inflectional Classes4. Peter Svenonius: Paradigm Generation and Northern Sami Stems5. Artemis Alexiadou and Gereon Mueller: Class Features as Probes6. Andrea Calabrese: On Absolute and Contextual Syncretism7. Jochen Trommer: A Feature-Geometric Approach to Amharic Verb Classes8. John Bailyn and Andrew Nevins: Russian Genitive Plurals are Impostors9. Adam Albright: Inflectional Paradigms Have Bases, too: Arguments from Yiddish10. Donca Steriade: A Pseudo-Cyclic Effect in Romanian Morpho-phonologyIndex