Analogy and Systematic Repair

D. Gary Miller

in Language Change and Linguistic Theory, Volume I

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583423
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191723438 | DOI:
Analogy and Systematic Repair

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Attempts at constraining analogy and predicting correct outputs are examined. Although analogy is to some extent constrained by the language system in which it operates, any links the mind/brain can make will produce valid analogies. Cases in which the output is grammatically constrained and predictable are treated as systematic repair. The problem with analogy as a generalized model is that it is impossible to constrain from overgenerating. A more abstract view of analogy is tantamount to admitting that grammars have more abstract properties, which proponents of generalized analogy deny. Systematic morphological repair takes several forms, including morphologization, and sometimes results in a morphological split.

Keywords: analogy; systematic repair; overgenerating; morphologization; morphological split

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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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