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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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Introduction: The Concept of Autonomous Morphology. Background and Rationale

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

Part I Autonomous Morphology –Corroborations and Challenges

1 Stress‐conditioned Allomorphy in Surmiran (Rumantsch)

STEPHEN R. ANDERSON1 (Department of Linguistics, Yale University)

3 Accentual Patterns in Romance Verb Forms

JUDITH MEINSCHAEFER (University of Würzburg)

4 The Notion of the Morphome

PAUL O’NEILL (University of Oxford)

7 Learning Paradigms in Time and Space: Computational Evidence from Romance Languages*

VITO PIRRELLI (Institute for Computational Linguistics ‘A. Zampolli’ (ILC), National Research Council (CNR), Pisa), MARCELLO FERRO (Institute for Computational Linguistics ‘A. Zampolli’ (ILC), National Research Council (CNR), Pisa), and BASILIO CALDERONE (MoDyCO – Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)

Part II Evolution of Stem Allomorphy

9 The Evolution of a Morphome in Catalan Verb Inflection1

MAX W. WHEELER (University of Sussex)

Part III Interfaces with Syntax or Semantics

12 A Realization Optimality‐Theoretic Approach to Full and Partial Identity of Forms*

ZHENG XU (National University of Singapore) MARK ARONOFF (Stony Brook University)

13 Syncretism and Suppletion in Gallo‐Romance Verb Paradigms1

MARC‐OLIVIER HINZELIN (University of Hamburg)

17 Clitics of Italian verbi procomplementari: What are they?

CINZIA RUSSI (University of Texas at Austin)

18 Periphrasis in Romance*

CATHERINE TAYLOR (University of Essex)

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