By Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
First released in 1987, this ebook broke new floor in study on inflectional morphology. Drawing on facts from a large choice of languages, it exhibits that this isn't only a phenomenon left over from out of date phonological procedures yet a topic deserving of recognize in its personal correct. The booklet proposes constraints in 3 parts: (1) the association of inflection category structures; (2) inflectional homonymy, or syncretism; (3) the course of allomorphic conditioning.
Carstairs-McCarthy’s concept of ‘paradigm economic system’ revolutionized the learn of inflection type structures yet in its purest shape, awarded during this ebook, the speculation was once too robust. in additional contemporary works, the writer has accordingly argued model of it truly is an unforeseen spinoff of the brain’s flair for dealing with a number of vocabularies. The learn of inflectional homonymy was once pioneered by means of Roman Jakobson as facts for the structuring of morphosyntactic different types or characteristic units (case, quantity, demanding, temper and so forth) yet his technique differed from that of this publication, whose radical feedback fertilized a lot next paintings on ‘inflectional identity’. The path of conditioning, first explored during this textual content, is debated actively in the allotted Morphology framework renowned inside of Chomskyan generative linguistics, regardless of confrontation with the Carstairs-McCarthy view that morphology is a website of grammar totally precise from syntax. In The Evolution of Morphology (2010) the writer takes those issues extra, and likewise explains why stem alternation and affixation are importantly special as modes of inflectional expression.
Inflectional allomorphy is an it seems that unnecessary hassle exhibited via many languages. notwithstanding, this publication indicates the explanation why it's, however, effortless for the mind to address. The paintings therefore has very important implications past language, extending into human cognition.
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