Aspects of the Theory of Morphology

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The book is aimed at constructing a system of concepts for linguistic morphology. In a rigorously deductive way, these concepts are applied to the description of morphological phenomena of about 100 languages. The chapters are dedicated to such issues as grammatical case, voice, morph vs. morpheme, morphological processes, agreement and government, phonemization. Being metalinguistically oriented, the book is strongly anchored in typological studies and offers a number of descriptive case studies.

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"Il reste que cet ouvrage d'IM, möme avec ses lacunes, dont l'auteur est très conscient, et avec son lourd appareil formel, est une des pièces maîtresses dans I'entreprise de restauration de l'intérêt pour la morphologie, et mérite,à ce titre, d'intéresser largement tous les linguistes."Claude Hagège in: Bulletin de la Societe de Linguistique 2/2010 "Die Belohnung kommt in Form neugewonnener Erkenntnisse über die Vielzahl von unglaublich ›exotischen‹, ›bizarren‹, ›seltenen‹ und teils ›paradoxen‹ formalen Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten morphologischer Kategorien, die in den natürlichen Sprachen der Welt möglich und tatsächlich vertreten sind."Susan Olsen in: Germanistik 1-2/2007
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Igor Mel'?uk, University of Montreal, Canada; David Beck, University of Alberta, Canada.

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Table of Contents

The problem stated : a conceptual systems for linguistic morphology 3
Ch. 1 Agreement, government, congruence 31
Ch. 2 Case 110
Ch. 3 Voice 181
Ch. 4 Case, basic verbal construction, and voice in Maasai 263
Ch. 5 Morphological processes 288
Ch. 6 Gender and noun class 322
Ch. 7 Morph and morpheme 384
Ch. 8 Suppletion 405
Ch. 9 Zero sign in morphology 469
Ch. 10 The structure of linguistic signs and semantic-formal relations between them 517
Ch. 11 The phonemic status of Spanish semivowels 543
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