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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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Noun inflection

Noun inflection

Chapter:
(p.121) Chapter 7 Noun 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/9780198747062.003.0007

This chapter discusses two morphological processes: plural and genitive marking. Plural marking shows a great deal of variation and irregularity, which contrasts with the relative regularity of the genitive. With respect to plurals, phonological and orthographic matters are examined, the status of foreign plurals, and cases in which plural is unmarked. For the genitive again phonological and orthographic matters are considered, but also the factors that condition the appearance of the s-genitive as opposed to the of-genitive.

Keywords:   regular plural, irregular plurals, foreign plurals, unmarked plural, s-genitive, of-genitive

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