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The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence$
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Jochen Trommer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199573721

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573721.001.0001

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The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence

Trommer Jochen

Oxford University Press

Zero, especially under the heading of zero morphemes is one of the ideologically most loaded subjects in theoretical morphology and phonology. However, discussions of the topic suffer from partial terminological confusion since ‘zero morpheme’ is a notion which is not well-defined in realizational theories of morphology, and does hence not make technical sense in any major contemporary approach to morphology since these are all basically realizational. The goal of this chapter is to show that zero exponence is ubiquitous and central in current approaches to exponence with quite subtle differences between different frameworks, and to discuss the main restrictions on zero which have been proposed in the literature.

Keywords:   zero morpheme, null, syncretism, deletion, impoverishment, restrictiveness

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