Deponency, Syncretism, and What Lies Between<sup>*</sup>

Greville G. Corbett

in Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264102
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734380 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 145

Deponency, Syncretism, and What Lies Between*

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This chapter discusses how deponency is to be differentiated from syncretism, which shows important similarities. It attempts to provide ‘intellectual housekeeping’, which puts order into the description of inflectional morphology. This allows for an analysis of the diversity of inflectional morphology by confronting it with an elegant order. It is revealed that there are types of lexeme whose interest and importance had not previously been fully recognized.

Keywords: syncretism; intellectual housekeeping; inflectional morphology; diversity; lexemes

Chapter.  6904 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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