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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology$
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Laurie Bauer, Rochelle Lieber, and Ingo Plag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.001.0001

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Paradigmatic processes

Paradigmatic processes

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(p.518) Chapter 23 Paradigmatic processes
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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology
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Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.003.0023

This chapter takes up the vexed question of the difference between inflection and derivation as it applies to English. It considers the kinds of criteria that might distinguish between inflection and derivation, the value of the distinction where English is concerned, and features of English that make applying the distinction awkward. Special attention is paid to the cases of plural-marking, adverbial marking with ‑ly, the status of ordinal ‑th and other number-forming affixes, as well as to participles. It is concluded that the distinction is not very helpful in understanding other aspects of the morphology of English.

Keywords:   inflection, derivation, plural, ordinal, number, participle, headedness

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