Morphological Typology. From Word to Paradigm

30 Sep


Morphological Typology. From Word to Paradigm

Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics


• Gregory Stump, University of Kentucky
• Raphael A. Finkel, University of Kentucky
• Date Published: August 2013

Cambridge University Press

• This radically new approach to morphological typology, the authors set out new and explicit methods for the typological classification of languages. Drawing on evidence from a diverse range of languages including Chinantec, Dakota, French, Fur, Icelandic, Ngiti and Sanskrit, the authors propose innovative ways of measuring inflectional complexity. Designed to engage graduate students and academic researchers, the book presents opportunities for further investigation. The authors’ data sets and the computational tool that they constructed for their analysis are available online, allowing readers to employ them in their own research. Readers can access the online computational tool through

o Explains the functions of the Principal-Parts Analyzer (PPA), a computational tool designed by the authors
o Readers can use the PPA online for free to do further analysis of language data sets
o Proposes a strikingly new approach to morphological typology
o Gives readers new and explicit methods for the typological classification of languages

Table of Contents

1. Principal parts
2. Plats
3. A typology of principal-part systems
4. Inflection-class transparency
5. Grammatically enhanced plats
6. Impostors and heteroclites
7. Stems as principal parts
8. The marginal detraction hypothesis
9. Inflection classes, implicative relations and morphological theory
10. Entropy, predictability and predictiveness
11. The complexity of inflection-class systems
12. Sensitivity to plat presentation
13. The Principal-Parts Analyzer.



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