Morphological Autonomy: Perspectives From Romance Inflectional Morphology

ISBN : 9780199589982

Maria Goldbach; Marc-Olivier Hinzelin; Martin Maiden; John Charles Smith
504 Pages
171 x 240 mm
Pub date
Aug 2011
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This book is about the nature of morphology and its place in the structure of grammar. Drawing on a wide range of aspects of Romance inflectional morphology, leading scholars present detailed arguments for the autonomy of morphology, ie morphology has phenomena and mechanisms of its own that are not reducible to syntax or phonology. But which principles and rules govern this independent component and which phenomena can be described or explicated by the mechanisms of the morphemic level? In shedding light on these questions, this volume constitutes a major contribution to Romance historical morphology in particular, and to our understanding of the nature and importance of morphomic structure in language change in general.


1. Stress-Conditioned Allomorphy in Surmiran (Rumantsch)
2. Morphomes and 'Stress-Conditioned Allomorphy' in Romanh
3. Accentual Patterns in Romance Verb Forms
4. Morphomes, Morphemes, and Morphological Segmentation: Evidence From Ibero-Romance
5. Representational Aspects of Morphomic Vowel variation in Southern Italy
6. The Romance Imperative, Irregular Morphology, Syncretism, and the Morphome
7. Learning Paradigms in Time and Space. Computational Evidence From Romance Languages
8. Conjugations and Complex Stems in Spanish Verbs: Generalization Properties and Priming Effects
9. The Evolution of a Morphome in Catalan Verb Inflection
10. Metaphony in Portuguese 3rd Class -o(C)C-ir and -u(C)C-ir Verbs - Comparison With Modern Galician and Mediaeval Galician-Portuguese
11. Morphomic Structure and Loan-Verb Integration: Evidence From Lusophone Creoles
12. A Realization Optimality-Theoretic Approach to Full and Partial Identity of Forms
13. Syncretism and Suppletion in Gallo-Romance Verb Paradigms
14. Variable Analyses of a Verbal Inflection in (mainly) Canadian French
15. Syncretism and neutralization in the Marking of Romance Object Agreement
16. Overabundance (Multiple Forms Realizing the Same Cell): A Non-Canonical Phenomenon in Italian Verb Morphology
17. Clitics of Italian Verbi Procomplementari: What are They?
18. Periphrasis in Romance
19. Non-Finite Forms, Periphrases, and Autonomous Morphology in Latin and Romance

About the author: 

Maria Goldbach studied linguistics of the Romance languages at the Universities of Aix-en-Provence and Hamburg. She was assistant professor for the linguistics of Romance languages at the University of Hamburg. Currently, she is a research assistant at the University of Oxford in the research project 'Autonomous Morphology in Diachrony: Comparative evidence from the Romance languages'; Marc-Olivier Hinzelin studied Romance and General Linguistics in Hamburg and Lyon 2. He worked as a Research Assistant in Hamburg and Konstanz as well as in the research project 'Autonomous Morphology in Diachrony: Comparative evidence from Romance Languages' in Oxford. He is now Maitre de Conferences at the Institut de Linguistique Romane Pierre Gardette at the Universite Catholique de Lyon. ; Martin Maiden is Professor of the Romance Languages at the University of Oxford, the Director of the Research Centre for Romance Linguistics, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Trinity College at Oxford. His main research interests are historical and comparative linguistics of the Romance Languages, especially Romanian and Italo-Romance linguistics, and morphological theory. ; John Charles Smith has been Fellow and Tutor in French Linguistics at St Catherine's College since 1997. Before returning to Oxford, where he was a student, he held appointments at the Universities of Surrey, Bath, and Manchester. He has also held visiting appointments in Paris, Limoges, Berlin, Melbourne, and Philadelphia. His main field of interest is historical morphosyntax, and he has published widely on agreement, refunctionalization, deixis, and the evolution of case and pronoun systems, with particular reference to Romance. He is Secretary of the International Society for Historical Linguistics, Deputy Director of the University of Oxford Research Centre for Romance Linguistics, and co-editor of the Cambridge History of the Romance Languages. In 2007, he was created chevalier dans l'ordre des Palmes academiques by the French Government, for services to the French language and French culture.

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