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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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Morphomes

Morphomes

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(p.708) Chapter 43 Morphomes
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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages
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Martin Maiden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.003.0043

This chapter addresses some of the most important issues concerning morphomic distributional patterns in Romance. It covers patterns originally due to the effects of stress-related vocalic alternation and palatalization in the verb (‘N-pattern’ and ‘L-pattern’); the remnants of Latin perfective morphology (PYTA); the ‘western Romance’ future and conditional as possible morphome; the ‘past participle’ as morphome; morphomic structures in the inflectional morphology of nouns and adjectives (especially in Romanian); morphomic structures in derivational morphology; the mechanisms by which morphomes emerge historically and the relation between putative morphomes and surviving remnants of their historical semantic or phonological conditioning environment; factors leading to the ‘death’ of morphomes.

Keywords:   morphomes, inflectional morphology, ‘past participle’, L-pattern, N-pattern, PYTA, autonomy

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