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Analogy and Morphological Change

David L Fertig

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How do learners and speakers make sense of their language and make their language make sense?

Is it dived or dove? Dwarfs or dwarves? If the best students aced the test, did the pretty good students beece it? You've probably often pondered such questions yourself, but did you know that similar questions have inspired some of the most important advances in our understanding not only of how languages change but also of how children acquire grammar and how the human mind works?

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Contents

Chapter 1: Fundamental Concepts and Issues
Chapter 2: Basic mechanisms of morphological change
Chapter 3: Types of analogical change, part 1: Introduction and proportional change
Chapter 4: Types of analogical change, part 2: Non-proportional change
Chapter 5: Types of analogical change, part 3: Problems and Puzzles
Chapter 6: Analogical Change beyond Morphology
Chapter 7: Constraints on analogical innovation and change
Chapter 8: Morphological change and morphological theory

About the Author

David L. Fertig David Fertig is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He is the author of Morphological Change Up Close (Niemeyer, 2000) and is currently working with several colleagues on a new English translation with commentary of major chapters from Hermann Paul's Prinzipien der Sprachgeschichte. He lives in Amherst, NY with his wife and the youngest of their three children.

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Fertig provides an insightful introduction to analogy and morphological change by critically analyzing, readjusting, and complementing traditional accounts on analogical change. It is particularly praiseworthy that Fertig offers many diachronic examples to explain and illustrate the different mechanisms of analogical and morphological change. The author also provides helpful summaries at the end of each chapter.

- Jessica Nowak, JGU Mainz, Journal of Germanic Linguistics

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