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Morphological Autonomy: Perspectives From Romance Inflectional Morphology

Martin Maiden, John Charles Smith, Maria Goldbach, and Marc-Olivier Hinzelin


This book uses detailed analysis of data from Romance inflectional morphology to cast new light on the role of autonomous morphological structure in the diachrony and synchrony of the Romance languages. It constitutes a major contribution to Romance historical morphology in particular, and to our understanding of the nature and importance of morphomic (i.e. morphologically autonomous) structure in language change in general. It will therefore appeal both to Romance linguists and to morphological theorists at large.

Keywords: autonomous morphology, morphome, lexicalist, structuralist, Paradigm Function, Morphology, Word‐and‐Paradigm, pattern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199589982
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Maiden, editor
Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, University of Oxford

John Charles Smith, editor
Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics, University of Oxford

Maria Goldbach, editor
Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford


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Part I Autonomous Morphology –Corroborations and Challenges

Part II Evolution of Stem Allomorphy

Part III Interfaces with Syntax or Semantics

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