Parts and wholes: Implicative patterns in inflectional paradigms

Farrell Ackerman, James P. Blevins and Robert Malouf

in Analogy in Grammar

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199547548
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720628 | DOI:
Parts and wholes: Implicative patterns in inflectional paradigms

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Humans show an amazing ability to produce novel words based on previous experience. What analogical processes are at work in this process, and how do analogical generalizations emerge from complex morphological systems? This chapter addresses these questions with new quantitative measures. Words are construed as recombinant gestalts. The predictive value of particular words in relation to others is calculated in terms of measures of conditional entropy. When applied to Tundra Nenets nominal paradigms, the model captures central aspects of morphological organization and learning.

Keywords: paradigm; analogical structure; typology; morphology; inflection; gestalt; conditional entropy; Tundra Nenets

Chapter.  11067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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