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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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Function words

Function words

pronouns, determiners, wh‑forms, deictics

Chapter:
(p.150) Chapter 8 Function words
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/9780198747062.003.0008

This chapter considers all other English word classes that might conceivably be subjected to inflectional analysis. First it discusses pronouns, then determiners of various sorts, wh-words, and deictics. The analyses looks at the extent to which parts of function words can be said to bear meaning. For example, the role of <h>, and <th> in deictic expressions is discussed. It is concluded that there is little evidence to support a morphemic analysis of such forms.

Keywords:   pronoun, determiner, wh-word, deictic, function word, morpheme

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