LINGUIST List 10.906

Mon Jun 14 1999

Books: Historical Morphology

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  1. Paul Peranteau, The Broken Plural Problem in Arabic and Comparative Semitic

Message 1: The Broken Plural Problem in Arabic and Comparative Semitic

Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 12:03:00 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: The Broken Plural Problem in Arabic and Comparative Semitic

John Benjamins Publishing announces the availability of the following new

The Broken Plural Problem in Arabic and Comparative Semitic.
Allomorphy and analogy in non-concatenative morphology.
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 168
US & Canada: 1 55619 884 1 / USD 84.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 3673 9 / NLG 168.00 (Hardcover)

The formal aspects of non-concatenative morphology have received
considerable attention in recent years, but the diachronic dimensions
of such systems have been little explored. The current work applies a
modern methodological and theoretical framework to a classic problem
in Arabic and Semitic historical linguistics: the highly allomorphic
system of 'stem-internal' or 'broken' plurals. It shows that
widely-accepted views regarding the historical development of this
system are untenable and offers a new hypothesis.

The first chapter lays out a methodology for comparative-historical
research in morphology. The next two chapters present an analysis of
Arabic morphology based on contemporary formal linguistic approaches,
and applies this analysis to the noun plural system. Chapter Four
shows that neither semantic shift nor ablaut-type sound change account
adequately for the data. The fifth chapter offers a systematic
comparison of the plural systems of Semitic languages, incorporating
much new research on the languages of South Arabia and
Ethiopia. Chapter Six proposes a new reconstruction.

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