Geert Booij

in The Grammar of Words

Second edition

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226245
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191710360 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics


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Inflection is the expression of morphosyntactic properties on words. Examples are case and number marking on nouns, and number and person marking on verbs. These properties play a role in computing the correct form of word in a sentence. Unlike derivation, inflectional processes do not create new words but forms of a word. There are different theoretical models for inflection: Word-and-Paradigm, Item-and-Arrangement, and Item-and-Process models.

Keywords: inherent inflection; contextual inflection; head marking; dependent marking; periphrasis

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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