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LINGUIST List 16.3386

Fri Nov 25 2005

Qs: Inflectional Morphology; Consonants vs. Vowels

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        1.    Anna Fenyvesi, Inflectional Morphology
        2.    Gina Cardillo, Consonants vs. Vowels

Message 1: Inflectional Morphology
Date: 25-Nov-2005
From: Anna Fenyvesi <fenyvesilit.u-szeged.hu>
Subject: Inflectional Morphology

Dear Linguists,

Is there any literature out there discussing, in any theoretical framework,
the fact that for person/number marking on verbs there is more likely to
produce paradigms where there is a one-to-one correspondence between form
and meaning, whereas in nominal inflections (typically cases) there is much
less of that. What I mean specifically is that a verbal person/number
marker usually refers to just person and number in the paradigm, while a
case inflection can carry several meanings (locative, temporal etc.).

I'm not a morphologist, so I'm not even sure whether there is a specific
term for this phenomenon...

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.


Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Message 2: Consonants vs. Vowels
Date: 24-Nov-2005
From: Gina Cardillo <ginaccu.washington.edu>
Subject: Consonants vs. Vowels

I've been looking for a reference about the frequency of occurence of
initial phonemes in English. Specifically, in English, are there more
content words that start with consonants, or vowels?

Thank you!

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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