Affix Ordering Across Languages and Frameworks

ISBN : 9780190210434

Stela Manova
304 Pages
163 x 242 mm
Pub date
Jan 2015
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This volume advances our understanding of how word structure in terms of affix ordering is organized in the languages of the world. A central issue in linguistic theory, affix ordering receives much attention amongst the research community, though most studies deal with only one language. By contrast, the majority of the chapters in this volume consider more than one language and provide data from typologically diverse languages, some of which are examined for the first time. Many chapters focus on cases of affix ordering that challenge linguistic theory with such phenomena as affix repetition and variable ordering, both of which are shown to be neither rare nor typical only of lesser-studied languages with unstable grammatical organization, as previously assumed. The book also offers an explicit discussion on the non-existence of phonological affix ordering, with a focus on mobile affixation, and one on the emergence of affix ordering in child language, the first of its kind in the literature. Repetitive operations, undesirable in many theories, are frequent in early child language and seem to serve as trainings for morphological decomposition and affix stacking. Thus, the volume also raises important questions regarding the general architecture of grammar and the nature and side effects of our theoretical assumptions.


1. Introduction: Affix ordering across languages and frameworks
Stela Manova
Part 1: Syntactic and semantic ordering
2. Recursive passivization: a causative coercion account
Ekaterina Lyutikova and Sergei Tatevosov
3. Scope versus ordering of operations: causativisation and ordering of valency-changing operations in Adyghe
Alexander Letuchiy
4. Modern Greek parasynthetic verbs: a hierarchical relationship between prefixes and suffixes?
Angeliki Efthymiou
Part 2: Phonological and morphological ordering
5. Mobile affixation within a modular approach to the morphology-phonology interface
Yuni Kim
6. Hierarchy-governed Affix Order in Eastern Kiranti
Eva Zimmermann
7. Negation in Kurmanji
Songul Gundo?du
Part 3: Psycholinguistic and cognitive ordering
8. Suffix combinations in Italian: selectional restrictions and processing constraints
Luigi Talamo
9. Affix order and the structure of the Slavic word
Stela Manova
Part 4: Description and acquisition of affix order
10. Suffix sets in Polish de-nominal derivatives
Iwona Burkacka
11. Reduplication, repetition, hypercharacterisation and other affix-doubling in child language
Wolfgang U. Dressler, Katarzyna Dziubalska-Ko?aczyk, Natalia Gagarina, Marianne Kilani-Schoch

About the author: 

Stela Manova is a senior researcher and a lecturer at the University of Vienna. She is the founder and organizer of the Vienna Workshops on Affix Order, the author of Understanding Morphological Rules (Springer 2011) and Affixation (2013, in Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics, ed. Mark Aronoff), and the editor of a two-volume special issue of Morphology entitled Affix Combinations (Springer 2010, with Mark Aronoff) and of Affixes and Bases (Edinburgh University Press 2011).

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