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The Syntax-Morphology Interface
A Study of Syncretism

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521102759

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  • Syncretism--where a single form serves two or more morphosyntactic functions--is a persistent problem at the syntax-morphology interface. It results from a 'mismatch', whereby the syntax of a language makes a particular distinction, but the morphology does not. This pioneering book provides the first full-length study of inflectional syncretism, presenting a typology of its occurrence across a wide range of languages. It will be welcomed by linguists interested in the relation between words and the larger units of which they are a part.

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521102759
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 2 maps 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of abbreviations and symbols
    1. Introduction
    2. Characteristics of syncretism
    3. Cross-linguistic typology of features
    4. Formal representation
    5. Formal framework and case studies
    6. Conclusion
    References
    Indexes.

  • Authors

    Matthew Baerman, University of Surrey
    Matthew Baerman is Research Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Surrey.

    Dunstan Brown, University of York
    Dunstan Brown investigates autonomous morphology, morphology-syntax interaction, and typology. His recent work has focused on describing and understanding different aspects of morphological complexity. After graduating with a BA in Modern Languages and a Master of Linguistics from the University of Manchester, he completed a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Surrey and worked there for many years before taking up a 50th Anniversary Chair at the University of York in 2012.

    Greville G. Corbett, University of Surrey
    Greville G. Corbett is Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the University of Surrey.

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