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The Evolution of a Morphome in Catalan Verb Inflection<sup>1</sup>

Max W. Wheeler

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589982.003.0010
                                                          The Evolution of a Morphome in Catalan Verb Inflection1

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Catalan verb morphology displays a curious and complex morphome that is not morpho‐syntactically motivated. The set of categories represented consists of (a) and (b): The morphome is generally marked by a velar consonant: /k/ after a sibilant, /g/ elsewhere. I explore the spread in individual verbs of the velar marker from submorphome (a) to sub‐morphome (b) or from (b) to (a), and from the original verbs to others, in a corpus of inflections from 1200–1550. I attempt to identify morphological, phonological, and possibly semantic, motivations for the observed spread of the morphome from 22% of e‐conjugation verb roots showing any stem alternation in 1300 to 78% in the present day.

Keywords: velar consonant; sub‐morphome; spreading; stem alternation; markedness

Chapter.  10495 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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