Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 22 January 2019

Syncretism

Syncretism

Chapter:
(p.236) 7 Syncretism
Source:
The Morphology and Phonology of Exponence
Author(s):

Adam Albright

Eric Fuß

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573721.003.0008

This chapter surveys current theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of syncretism, that is, cases where morphology fails to mark a morphosyntactically relevant featural distinction. We first review arguments and evidence that the distinction between coincidental and systematic patterns of syncretism is linguistically relevant (‘psychologically real’). The chapter then turns to theoretical approaches to analyzing syncretism, including underspecification, impoverishment, rules of referral, and output-output faithfulness constraints. Next, the chapter discusses some typological trends, and consider the question of how cross-linguistic preferences for certain patterns over others might inform the theoretical analysis of syncretism. Finally, the chapter discusses the diachronic development of syncretism, focusing especially on the analysis of changes in the history of verbal inflection in Yiddish and Alemannic varieties of German.

Keywords:   syncretism, inflection, underspecification, paradigms, language change, German, Yiddish

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .