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Title:The Interaction of Functional Morphemes inside the Nominal Phrase
Author:Kloudová, Veronika
Year of Publication:2020
Place of Publication:Munich

This book explores the limits and possibilities of morpheme ordering in the noun phrase. Based on a sample of fifty geographically and genetically diverse languages, it presents the attested – and unattested – combinations of case, number, and definiteness morphemes. The account covers not only languages with agglutinative morphology but also languages that fuse more grammatical categories into a single morphological exponent – a portmanteau. The book shows that not all patterns of morpheme ordering that are logically possible are equally represented within the sample and, importantly, certain patterns are not attested at all. The book provides an account for this observation by using the latest theoretical tools from the nanosyntactic framework, namely spellout-driven movement, backtracking, and Spec formation. The results of this study provide evidence for the hypothesis that ordering in morphology is governed by the same principles as in syntax.

Subject Area(s):Morfología
Table of Contents



1  Introduction   


2  Agglutinative structures         

2.1  Number and case       

2.1.1  Data presentation       

2.1.2  Explaining the patterns: “U20-movement”    

2.1.3  Explaining the left-right asymmetries in word order: Cinque (2005)

2.1.4  Deriving the *Num > K > N typology

2.2  Definiteness   

2.2.1  Data presentation       

2.2.2  Derivation of the attested K, Def, Num, N orderings


3  Portmanteau structures           

3.1  Data presentation: case and number  

3.2  The inner structure of postnominal portmanteaus     

3.3  Agglutinative vs. portmanteau structures       

3.3.1  Matching lexicon and syntax 

3.3.2  Agglutination vs. fusion in Classical Armenian         

3.3.3  Derivation of the NP in Finnish: Spellout Driven Movement (SOM)

3.4  Prenominal portmanteaus      

3.4.1  Prenominal structures: the challenges of phrasal spellout     

3.4.2  Derivation of prefixes: introducing a parallel workspace      

3.5  Summary and outlook


4  SOM and the ban on *Num > K > N 

4.1  Deriving *Num > K > N with Num as a suffix          

4.2  Deriving *Num > K > N with Num as a prefix and the late Spec closure     

4.3  Deriving *Num > K > N with Num as a prefix and an early Spec closure    


5  Backtracking  

5.1  Introduction   

5.2  Backtracking and spellout algorithm  

5.3  Backtracking and Spec formation      

5.3.1  Mara   


6  Enhanced spellout algorithm: back to the agglutinative structures    

6.1  SOM and the agglutinative structures with K and Num         

6.1.1  N > Num > K 

6.1.2  K > N > Num 

6.1.3  Num > N > K 

6.1.4  K > Num > N 

6.1.5  N > K > Num 

6.2  Summary        


7   Principles of portmanteau formation 

7.1  Introduction   

7.2  Portmanteaus of categories adjacent in the fseq: prefixes     

7.3  Portmanteaus of categories adjacent in the fseq: suffixes     

7.3.1  Kabardian      

7.3.2  Erzya  

7.4  Portmanteaus of categories non-adjacent in the fseq: Multiple Merge          

7.4.1  Mara   

7.4.2  Greek 

7.5  Conclusion on portmanteaus 


8  Conclusion     


9  Appendix       


10  References

Series or CollectionLINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, 63
Format:libro impreso
Price: 120,00 EUR

Fecha de publicación en Infoling:4 de October de 2020
Ulrich Lueders
LINCOM (European Union)