ISBN : 9780199589982
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.
PART 1: AUTONOMOUS MORPHOLOGY - CORROBORATIONS AND CHALLENGES
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
PART 2: EVOLUTION OF STEM ALLOMORPHY
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
PART 3: INTERFACES WITH SYNTAX OR SEMANTICS?
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