## Johnston, Jason (1997)

### Abstract

(= Surrey 52) An extension of the geometric model of syncretism found in McCreight and Chvany (1991) and other works by Chvany – specifically, a linear model, where the potential for syncretism is equated with adjacency. The model presented here is in the form of a branching tree, whereby each branch carries a plus (+) or minus (–) specification for some feature. This is supplemented by "unmarking", whereby the minus branch of a node may take on the minus values of any nodes it dominates, which allows for the definition of overlapping syncretisms (e.g. a form uniting values A + B and form uniting values B + C). This system allows one to identify the natural classes defined within a linear model (namely in terms of the +/- values). Cross-classification (as in Jakobson 1936/84 or 1958/84) and rules of referral are rejected as being too powerful and, in the latter case, syntactically unmotivated. Principles languages investigated are Russian, Greek, German, Latin and Arabic.

Johnston:1997 | |
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author | Johnston, Jason |

year | 1997 |

title | Systematic homonymy and the structure of morphological categories: some lessons from paradigm geometry |

entrytype | phdthesis |

school | University of Sydney |

### BibTeX

```
@phdthesis{Johnston:1997,
author = {Johnston, Jason},
year = {1997},
title = {Systematic homonymy and the structure of morphological categories: some lessons from paradigm geometry},
school = {University of Sydney},
}
```