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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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Verb inflection

Verb inflection

Chapter:
(p.60) (p.61) Chapter 5 Verb inflection
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/9780198747062.003.0005

This chapter describes the morphosyntactic categories of the verb in English, drawing on evidence from different subdisciplines of linguistics. It starts out with the morphological differences between lexical and auxiliary verbs. Then the distinction between regular and irregular verbs is examined, paying special attention to the various ways in which irregular verbs may be classified. This is followed by a discussion of the inflection of the modal auxiliary verbs. Additional topics dealt with include auxiliary clitics and weak forms, the encoding of negation, and the incorporation of infinitival to into certain verbs.

Keywords:   lexical verb, auxiliary verb, regular verb, irregular verb, modal, clitic, negation

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