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Overabundance (Multiple Forms Realizing the Same Cell): A Non‐canonical Phenomenon in Italian Verb Morphology

Anna M. Thornton

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/9780199589982.003.0017
                             Overabundance (Multiple Forms Realizing the Same Cell): A Non‐canonical Phenomenon in Italian Verb Morphology

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The chapter deals with overabundancy, a non‐canonical situation in which certain lexemes exhibit cell‐mates, i.e. more than one inflected form to fill one and the same cell of their paradigm (realize the same set of morpho‐syntactic features). An exhaustive set of cases of overabundancy in Italian verb inflection is described, and their relative canonicity is assessed by means of criteria of canonicity similar to those proposed by Corbett (2007a). Results show that overabundancy, like other autonomously morphological phenomena, such as morphomic distribution of stems, tends to occur in the non‐1st conjugation, and in paradigm partitions independently established for the language.

Keywords: overabundancy; doublets; non‐canonical; non‐1st conjugation; completeness

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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