The Notion of the Morphome

Paul O'Neill

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI:
                             The Notion of the Morphome

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This chapter deals with the notion of the morphome as originally proposed by Aronoff (1994) and refined by Maiden (2005). The chapter investigates two questions: (a) to what extent is the concept of ‘identity of form’ an important factor for the morphome? And, (b) how successful are modern theories of inflectional morphology (Paradigm Function Morphology; Stump 2001) and Distributed Morphology (Halle and Marantz 1993) in capturing the generalization of the morphome?

Keywords: perfective tenses; identity of form; morphological segmentation; psychological reality; historical development

Chapter.  8782 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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