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Defaults in Morphological Theory

Nikolas Gisborne and Andrew Hippisley


Default-based analyses of linguistic data are most prevalent in morphological descriptions because morphology is pervaded by idiosyncrasy and irregularity, and defaults allow for a representation of the facts by construing regularity not as all or nothing but as a matter of degree. Defaults manifest themselves in a variety of ways in a group of morphological theories that have received much attention in the last few years, and whose main ideas and claims have been recently consolidated as important monographs. In May 2012 a workshop was convened at the University of Kentucky in Lexington to sh ... More

Keywords: defaults, overriding, morphological theory, hierarchies, networks, inheritance, architecture, irregularity, inference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712329
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198712329.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nikolas Gisborne, editor
Professor of Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

Andrew Hippisley, editor
Professor of Linguistics, University of Kentucky