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The Boundaries of Pure Morphology: Diachronic and Synchronic Perspectives

Silvio Cruschina, Martin Maiden, and John Charles Smith


This book considers whether in some languages there are phenomena which are unique to morphology, determined neither by phonology or syntax. Central to these phenomena is the notion of the ‘morphome’, conceived by Mark Aronoff in 1994 as a function, itself lacking form and meaning but which serves systematically to relate them. The classic examples of morphomes are determined neither phonologically or morphosyntactically, and appear to be an autonomous property of the synchronic organization of morphological paradigms. The nature of the morphome is a problematic and much debated issue at the c ... More

Keywords: allomorphy, diachrony, morphomes, phonological conditioning, inflectional morphology, autonomous morphology, irregular verb inflection, stem allomorphy, morphomic partition classes, morphomic stem, morphosyntactic features, morphosemantic features

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199678860
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678860.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Silvio Cruschina, editor
Research Assistant, School of Languages, Linguistics, and Cultures, University of Manchester

Martin Maiden, editor
Professor of Romance Languages, University of Oxford

John Charles Smith, editor
Faculty Lecturer in French Linguistics, University of Oxford

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