Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Embick, David and Halle, Morris (2005)

Abstract

Adopting the framework of Distributed Morphology, this paper argues that morphological exponence is concatenative (piece-based) and that allomorphs of lexical items (stems) are listed only in genuine cases of suppletion. The alternations not handled by these mechanisms and not generated by regular phonological rules are covered by 'readjustment rules'. These are argued to be phonological operations, though they need not refer to natural classes, can effect arbitrary transformations, and can refer both to morphosyntactic features and to roots or root lists. Nonetheless, readjustment rules are acknowledged to be a last-resort device, concatenative analyses being preferred whenever possible.

Embick&Halle:2005
authorEmbick, David and Halle, Morris
year2005
titleOn the status of stems in morphological theory
entrytypeincollection
editorGeerts, Twan and Ginneken, Ivo van and Jacobs, Haike
booktitleRomance languages and linguistic theory 2003: selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 2003, Nijmegen, 20–22 November
seriesCurrent Issues in Linguistic Theory 270
addressAmsterdam
publisherJohn Benjamins
pages37-62

BibTeX

@incollection{Embick&Halle:2005,
    author = {Embick, David and Halle, Morris},
    year = {2005},
    title = {On the status of stems in morphological theory},
    booktitle = {Romance languages and linguistic theory 2003: selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 2003, Nijmegen, 20–22 November},
    editor = {Geerts, Twan and  Ginneken, Ivo van and Jacobs, Haike},
    series = {Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 270},
    address = {Amsterdam},
    publisher = {John Benjamins},
    pages = {37-62},
}
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