Morphological structures

Erich R. Round

in Kayardild Morphology and Syntax

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199654871
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745560 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies of Endangered Languages

Morphological structures

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Chapter 2 provides overviews of Kayardild phonology and morphological structure in general. It introduces the existence and significance of two phonological juncture types, and the basic morphological constituency of Kayardild root, minimal stems, and more complex words. An extended argument is offered, that verbal thematics are not part of suffixes but of lexical stems, a matter of some importance to the functioning of Kayardild's dual tense system in later chapters. It identifies the ‘termination’, a meaningless word-final element, and provides grounds for recognizing the existence of an intermediate, ‘morphomic’ level of representation that mediates morphosyntactic features' realization as morphological forms. Complex patterns of allomorphy in three suffix types are introduced, which are sensitive to morphosyntax, pure morphology, phonology, and the distinction between spoken and sung Kayardild. Comparisons are made between the current and previous analyses of Kayardild morphological constituency.

Keywords: Kayardild; phonology; morphology; morphome; phonology-morphology interface; allomorphy; phonologically conditioned suppletive allomorphy; reduplication; compound inflection

Chapter.  10587 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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