Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Dressler, Wolfgang (2003)

Abstract

Most studies on diachronic morphological change deal with tendencies, soft constraints or defaults where natural change means simplification. Dressler begins by explaining system independent morphological naturalness/markedness (in regard to the parameters of constructional iconicity, morphosemantic and morphotactic transparency (preferences for continuity and word bases)) and binarity. He then discusses conflicts between universal parameters which explain unnatural changes. The interaction between universal, topological and system-dependant naturalness is looked at and finally grammar-external factors are mentioned, contact-induced change, creolization, language decay and language planning. He argues that functional explanation in terms of Natural Morphology has succeeded in grading preferences and probability of change in certain conditions.

Dressler:2003
authorDressler, Wolfgang
year2003
titleNaturalness and morphological change
entrytypeincollection
editorJoseph, B. D. and Janda, R. D.
booktitleThe Handbook of Historical Linguistics
addressOxford
publisherBlackwell
pages461-471

BibTeX

@incollection{Dressler:2003,
    author = {Dressler, Wolfgang},
    year = {2003},
    title = {Naturalness and morphological change},
    booktitle = {The Handbook of Historical Linguistics},
    editor = {Joseph, B. D. and Janda, R. D.},
    address = {Oxford},
    publisher = {Blackwell},
    pages = {461-471},
}
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