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Canonical morphosyntactic features<sup>1</sup>

Greville G. Corbett

in Canonical Morphology and Syntax

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199604326
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604326.003.0003
Canonical morphosyntactic features1

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Morphosyntactic features are a difficult challenge for the typologist. It is argued that the way to distinguish canonical morphosyntactic features is through their interaction with canonical parts of speech. This is defined through four criteria. The deviations from them help to characterize several problems involved with feature systems. The main result is that number can, in certain languages, come very close to being canonical. Gender, person, and case are defined in turn as showing deviations from the fully canonical situation.

Keywords: features; morphology; syntax; gender; number; person; case

Chapter.  6138 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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