Morphomic Structure and Loan-verb Integration: Evidence from Lusophone Creoles

Ana R. Luís

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI:
                             Morphomic Structure and Loan-verb Integration: Evidence from Lusophone Creoles

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The main goal of this chapter will be to demonstrate that languages with a reduced number of inflected verb forms are not necessarily exempt from morphomic structure. Empirical data will be drawn from Daman and Korlai Creole Portuguese, both spoken on the west coast of India. Each verb lexeme has only four cells, due to the complete absence of person–number agreement. However, the verbal paradigm is organized into four conjugation classes: three conjugation classes are of Portuguese origin and one conjugation class has been newly developed for the integration of loan‐verbs. Conjugation classes, as expected, have their own distinct theme vowel and exhibit both stem and suffix allomorphy. Small inflectional paradigms, thus, may exhibit morphomic structure of the kind attested in highly inflecting languages.

Keywords: Lusophone Creoles; conjugation class; loan word integration; agreement; theme vowel

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