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The interfacing of morphophonology and morphosyntax

John M. Anderson

in The Substance of Language Volume II

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608324
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732041 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608324.003.0003
The interfacing of morphophonology and morphosyntax

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The syntactic categories of morphosyntax and the bracketed phonological structures of morphophonology that express them are related asymmetrically by exponence. However, the chapter presents evidence from the conjugation of Old English that exponence is anticipated by the rearrangement of the organization of the syntactic categories and by the recognition of conjugational class. To this extent the exponent affects the representation that is expounded. This reorganization facilitates the formulation of rules of exponence. The preterite‐present verbs and to some extent the weak presents demand a fundamental reorganization. A detailed account of the syntactic categories, of their reorganization, and of the rules of exponence is offered.

Keywords: morphosyntax; morphophonology; exponence; Old English; conjugation; re‐organization; preterite‐present; weak present

Chapter.  17878 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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