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Title: Aspects of the Theory of Morphology
Written By: Igor Mel'čuk
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110177110-1&fg=SK&l=E
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Description:

The book is dedicated to linguistic morphology and it contains a sketch of
a complete morphological theory, centered around a discussion of
fundamental concepts such as morph vs. morpheme, inflectional category,
voice, grammatical case, agreement vs. government, suppletion,
relationships between linguistic signs, etc.: the hottest issues in modern
linguistics!

The book introduces rigorous and clear concepts necessary to describe
morphological phenomena of natural languages. Among other things, it offers
logical calculi of possible grammemes in a given category. The presentation
is developed in a typological perspective, so that linguistic data from a
large variety of languages are described and analyzed (about 100
typologically very different languages).

The main method is deductive: the concepts proposed in Aspects of the
Theory of Morphology are based on a small set of indefinibilia and each
concept is defined in terms of these indefinibilia and/or other concepts
defined previously; as a result, logical calculi can be constructed
(similar to Mendeleev's Periodical Table of Elements in chemistry). Then
the concept is applied to the actual linguistic data to demonstrate its
validity and advantages.

Thus, Aspects of the Theory of Morphology combines metalinguistic endeavor
(a system of concepts for morphology) with typological and descriptive
orientation. It reaches out to all students of language, including the
border fields and applications.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Syntax
Typology
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110177110
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 616
Prices: Europe EURO 158.00