Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Carstairs-McCarthy , Andrew (1994)

Abstract

Introduces and defends the No Blur Principle as a restriction on the number of possible inflectional classes within languages („Within any set of competing inflectional affixal realizations for the same paradigmatic cell, no more than one can fail to identify inflection class unambiguously.”, see Carstairs 1983 for an earlier proposal and Müller 2007b for critical discussion. Contains one of the probably most adventurous argumentations in morphological theory: The proposed principle is "derived" by arguing that the stipulated transfer of Clark's Principle of Contrast in lexical acquisition to inflectional classes would remain empirically vacuous without No Blur.

Carstairs&McCarthy:1994
authorCarstairs-McCarthy , Andrew
year1994
titleInflection Classes, Gender, and the Principle of Contrast
entrytypearticle
journal Language
volume70
number4
pages737-788

BibTeX

@article{Carstairs&McCarthy:1994,
    author = {Carstairs-McCarthy , Andrew },
    year = {1994},
    title = {Inflection Classes, Gender, and the Principle of Contrast},
    journal = { Language},
    volume = {70},
    number = {4},
    pages = {737-788},
}
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