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The Syntax-Morphology Interface By Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey)

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This book presents a compelling argument for the autonomy of morphology and the resulting analysis is illustrated in a series of formal case studies within Network Morphology. It will be welcomed by all linguists interested in the relation between words and the larger units of which they are a part.
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The Syntax-Morphology Interface: A Study of Syncretism by Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey)

Syncretism - where a single form serves two or more morphosyntactic functions - is a persistent problem at the syntax-morphology interface. It results from a 'mismatch' whereby the syntax of a language makes a particular distinction but the morphology does not. This pioneering book provides a full-length study of inflectional syncretism, presenting a typology of its occurrence across a wide range of languages. The implications of syncretism for the syntax-morphology interface have long been recognised: it argues either for an enriched model of feature structure (thereby preserving a direct link between function and form), or for the independence of morphological structure from syntactic structure. This book presents a compelling argument for the autonomy of morphology and the resulting analysis is illustrated in a series of formal case studies within Network Morphology. It will be welcomed by all linguists interested in the relation between words and the larger units of which they are a part.

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'This book is a milestone in the understanding of syncretism, and will interest both specialists and non-specialists ... the existing literature on syncretism is widely documented and discussed at length before the Network Morphology model is proposed, so that the theoretical inquiry matches the quality of the empirical data. Cercles

About Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey)


Matthew Baerman is Research Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Surrey. Dunstan Brown investigates autonomous morphology, morphology-syntax interaction, and typology. His recent work has focused on describing and understanding different aspects of morphological complexity. After graduating with a BA in Modern Languages and a Master of Linguistics from the University of Manchester, he completed a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Surrey and worked there for many years before taking up a 50th Anniversary Chair at the University of York in 2012. Greville G. Corbett is Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of Surrey.

Table of Contents


Preface; List of abbreviations and symbols; 1. Introduction; 2. Characteristics of syncretism; 3. Cross-linguistic typology of features; 4. Formal representation; 5. Formal framework and case studies; 6. Conclusion; References; Indexes.

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The Syntax-Morphology Interface: A Study of Syncretism by Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey)
Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey)
Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2005-09-15
304
0521821819
9780521821810
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