Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Haspelmath, Martin (1993)

Abstract

It is shown that inflectional affixes tend to be ‘externalized’ (i.e., their position is shifted to the periphery) if they are placed closer to the stem than a non-inflectional element. This strategy is a common repair for instances of ‘univerbation’, e.g., if interrogative, demonstrative or reflexive pronouns are combined with an indefinite pronoun: where a morphologically inappropriate order, with composition being preceded by inflection, comes about, ‘copying’ an inflectional category from the position immediately following the stem to the external position serves to re-establish the Greenbergian order ‘inflection outside of derivation’. In this sense, doubling of an inflectional affix is typically due to inflection interacting with word formation

Haspelmath:1993
authorHaspelmath, Martin
year1993
titleThe diachronic externalization of inflection
entrytypearticle
journalLinguistics
volume31
pages279-309

BibTeX

@article{Haspelmath:1993,
    author = {Haspelmath, Martin},
    year = {1993},
    title = {The diachronic externalization of inflection},
    journal = {Linguistics},
    volume = {31},
    pages = {279-309},
}
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