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A-Morphous Morphology : Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Paperback) - Stephen R. Anderson

A-Morphous Morphology

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Paperback)

By: Stephen R. Anderson, Rodney D. Huddleston (Editor), S. R. Anderson (Editor), P. Austin (Editor), John Bresnan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th August 1992
ISBN: 9780521378666
Number Of Pages: 452

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A-Morphous Morphology presents a new theory of the structure of words, as it relates to a full generative grammar of language. It rejects the notion that complex words are built up by concatenating simple minimal signs or morphemes, and proposes instead that word structure is described by a system of rule-governed relations between one word and another. In his book, eminent linguist Stephen Anderson offers a discussion of the implications of his own original position for issues in language change, language typology and the computational analysis of word structure.

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."..Anderson's study should be required reading for every morphologist, or anyone interested in being initiated to the field. The author is one of those who has contributed greatly to its current flourishing state with his work during the past two decades." Canadian Journal of Linguistics ."..the discussions are well conducted: the line of argument and its relationships with the data on the one hand--which come from a variety of languages--and theoretical constructions on the other is clear and leaves little unassumed. ... Any linguist dealing with words should read this book: it gives a good idea of the state morphology has arrived at in the Chomskyan framework and the problems it will have to address, and it is more than likely to stimulate anyone's reflection on the fundamentals of that discipline." Canadian Journal of Linguistics

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The study of word structurep. 7
How are words composed?p. 9
The nature of wordsp. 17
Why have a morphology at all?p. 22
Morphology and syntax in K[superscript w]ak[superscript w']alap. 23
Morphology vs. syntax in generalp. 37
Morphology vs. phonologyp. 42
Conclusionp. 47
Is morphology really about morphemes?p. 48
Classical morphemesp. 48
Classical problems with morphemesp. 51
Generalizing the structure of the morphemep. 56
Items vs. processes in morphologyp. 59
Word-based vs. morpheme-based morphologyp. 69
Conclusionp. 71
The interaction of morphology and syntaxp. 73
What is inflection?p. 74
Morphosyntactic Representationsp. 85
Conclusionp. 100
The theory of inflectionp. 102
Agreementp. 103
The assignment of configurational propertiesp. 118
Deriving the phonological form of inflected wordsp. 122
Conclusionp. 135
Some complex inflectional systemsp. 136
Georgian Verb agreementp. 137
Potawatomi inflectional morphologyp. 156
Summary of Potawatomi rulesp. 177
Morphology in the lexicon: derivationp. 180
The lexiconp. 180
Derivational rulesp. 184
Productivity and lexicalizationp. 195
Conclusionp. 197
Clitics are phrasal affixesp. 198
The nature of cliticsp. 199
The nature of affixesp. 205
Clitics as phrase-level morphologyp. 210
The formal expression of 'clitic placement'p. 216
Conclusionsp. 221
The relation of morphology to phonologyp. 224
Boundary elements in phonological theoryp. 227
The interaction of morphology and phonologyp. 249
Conclusionp. 255
How much structure do words have?p. 256
Eliminating word-internal structurep. 256
Possible motivations for word-internal structurep. 261
Conclusionp. 290
Composites: words with internal structurep. 292
Compounds and their structurep. 294
Generalizing the notion of 'compound'p. 299
Word-internal structure and theories of the lexiconp. 305
The notion 'head of a word'p. 310
Summary and conclusionp. 318
Morphology and the typology of languagesp. 320
Goals of a morphological typology of languagesp. 320
Sapir's typology of word structurep. 325
Conclusionp. 334
Morphological changep. 336
Morphological change and synchronic morphologyp. 337
The morphologization of phonological rulesp. 339
The morphologization of syntactic structuresp. 346
Analogy, or changes in morphological rulesp. 365
Conclusionp. 372
Morphology as a computational problemp. 373
Reasons to study morphology as parsingp. 373
Approaches to computational morphologyp. 376
Some general problemsp. 387
Alternatives to existing approachesp. 393
Conclusionp. 399
Referencesp. 402
Indexp. 417
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ISBN: 9780521378666
ISBN-10: 0521378664
Series: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 452
Published: 24th August 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.09  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.72

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