Inflectional systems

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

Inflectional systems

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Languages sometimes give complex systems for the expression of inflectional properties, in which inflection classes play an essential role. An inflectional class is a set of words with the same kind of inflectional marking. Word forms are presented in paradigms, and the assumption of paradigm implies the introduction of notions such as suppletion and periphrasis.

Keywords: declension; conjugation; inflectional class; autonomous morphology

Chapter.  8260 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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