The volume is dedicated to the German linguist Wolfgang Ullrich "Gustav"
Wurzel (1940-2001), who has influenced linguistic thought in his work on
paradigm-based morphology. All contributors to the volume deal with
Wurzel’s work and thinking, who in his theoretical writings focused on the
concepts of naturalness, markedness and complexity in human language. The
authors discuss diachronic and typological aspects of morphology, i.e. the
nature of paradigms, the rise and fall of inflectional morphology, and the
development and systems of gender marking, also in regard to the interface
with phonology and syntax.
From the contents:
Gustav’s choice. An appraisal of Wolfgang Ullrich Wurzel’s life,
personality and linguistic work: Bernhard Hurch and Andreas Bittner -
Suppletion. Typology, markedness, complexity: Greville G. Corbett -
Reciprocal complementary paradigm structure conditions: Wolfgang U.
Dressler - Inflectional morphology and productivity. Considering
qualitative and quantitative approaches: Livio Gaeta - Genericity as a
principle of paradigm economy. The case of German wer ‘who’: Rüdiger
Harnisch - Naturalness and the life cycle of language change: Gregory K.
Iverson and Joseph C. Salmons - The Old High German weak preterite: Paul
Kiparsky - Aspects of Old and Modern French inflectional morphology. A
Wurzelian analysis: Jurgen Klausenburger - Case syncretism in German
feminines. Typological, functional and structural aspects: Manfred Krifka -
Realization-based morphosyntax. The German genitive: Andrew Spencer -
Inflectional morphology in a creole. A report on Chabacano (Philippine
Spanish Creole): Patrick O. Steinkrüger - Gender control - lexical or
conceptual?: David A. Zubin and Klaus-Michael Köpcke