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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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English morphology and theories of morphology

English morphology and theories of morphology

Chapter:
(p.628) Chapter 29 English morphology and theories of morphology
Source:
The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology
Author(s):

Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.003.0029

This last chapter takes a broader view of what the English data tell us about morphological theory in general. First a range of theoretical models are considered (Item and Arrangement, Item and Process, Word and Paradigm), and it is concluded that the facts of English morphology do not allow us to argue strongly for or against most extant frameworks. The chapter then looks at a variety of theoretical principles that are relatively independent of broader frameworks. Here it is argued that the corpus data provide strong arguments against many of the specific claims or principles that have been proposedin the literature such as the righthandhead rule, the unitary base, hypothesis, theunitary output hypotheses, blocking, lexical phonology and morphology, the monosuffixconstraint, the first sister principle, and the lexical integrity hypothesis. Finally, the chapter turns to what we do know, and how that knowledge should help us to frame new theoretical models.

Keywords:   morphological theory, corpus data, item and arrangement, item and process, word and paradigm, righthandhead rule, lexical integrity, blocking, analogy

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