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Title: Inflectional Identity
Edited By: Asaf Bachrach
Andrew Nevins
URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199219643
Description:

*Compares Distributed Morphology and Optimality Theory
*Of key current interest in linguistics and cognitive science
*Authors include the leading figures in the field
*Throws new light on the syntax, morphology, and phonology interfaces
*Includes case studies on a wide range of languages

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 such type 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 theories of 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 and declension 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 addressed in 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.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Phonology
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ISBN: 0199219257
ISBN-13: 9780199219254
Pages: 384
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ISBN: 0199219648
ISBN-13: 9780199219643
Pages: 384
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