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Morphological Perspectives

Papers in Honour of Greville G. Corbett

Edited by Matthew Baerman, Oliver Bond, Andrew Hippisley

Hardback (Forthcoming)

Places morphology at the centre of its own research agenda

In a field dominated by syntactic perspectives, it is easy to overlook the words that are the irreducible building blocks of language. Morphological Perspectives takes words as the starting point for any questions about linguistic structure: their form, their internal structure, their paradigmatic extensions, and their role in expressing and manipulating syntactic configurations. With a team of authors that run the typological gamut of languages, this book examines these questions from multiple perspectives, both the canonical and the non-canonical. By taking these questions seriously, and letting loose a full battery of analytical techniques, the following chapters not only celebrate the pioneering work of Greville G. Corbett but present new thinking on traditional approaches, including the paradigm, deponency and morphological features.

Key Features

  • Full ranging examination of morphology’s role in its canonical and non-canonical aspects
  • Chapters by some of the key experts in morphological typology including Bernard Comrie, Andrew Spencer, Mark Aronoff, Maria Polinsky, Oliver Bonami, Johanna Nichols and Nicholas Evans
  • New thinking on traditional approaches, including the paradigm, deponency and morphological features


1. Taking The Morphological Perspective

Matthew Baerman, Oliver Bond and Andrew Hippisley

2. Canonical Compounds

Andrew Spencer

3. How (Non-)Canonical Is Italian Morphology?

Anna M. Thornton

4. Waiting For The Word: Distributed Deponency and the Semantic Interpretation Of Number In The Nen Verb

Nicholas Evans

5. Feature Duality

Matthew Baerman

6. Canonical Syncretism and Chomsky’s S

Mark Aronoff

7. Canonical Tough Cases

Johanna Nichols

8. Paradigm Uniformity and The French Gender System

Olivier Bonami and Gilles Boyé

9. Case Loss in Pronominal Systems: Evidence From Bulgarian

Alexander Krasovitsky

10. Measuring The Complexity Of The Stem Alternation Patterns Of Spanish Verbs

Enrique L. Palancar

11. Verb Root Ellipsis

Bernard Comrie and Raoul Zamponi

12. Bound But Still Independent: Quotative and Verificative In Archi

Marina Chumakina

13. To Agree Or Not To Agree? – A Typology of Sporadic Agreement

Sebastian Fedden

14. Where Are Gender Values and How Do I Get To Them?

Oliver Bond

15. Focus as A Morphosyntactic and Morphosemantic Feature

Irina Nikolaeva

16. When Agreement and Binding Go Their Separate Ways: Generic Second Person Pronoun In Russian

Maria Polinsky

17. Rara and Theory Testing In Typology: The Natural Evolution of Non-Canonical Agreement

Erich Round

About the Author

Matthew Baerman is Principal Research Fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey. His research focuses on the typology, diachrony and formal analysis of morphological systems, with a particular concentration on phenomena that are unusual or difficult to categorize. He is the co-author (with Dunstan Brown and Greville Corbett) of Morphlogical Complexity (CUP, 2017) and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Inflection (OUP, 2015).

Oliver Bond is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey. His research interests include theoretical morphosyntax, typology, and language documentation and description. He is the co-editor, with Greville G. Corbett, Marina Chumakina, and Dunstan Brown, of Archi: Complexities of Agreement in Cross-Theoretical Perspective (OUP, 2016) and, with András Bárány and Irina Nikolaeva, of Prominent Internal Possessors (OUP, 2019).

Andrew Hippisley is Professor of Linguistics and Dean of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wichita State University. He is the co-editor of Deponency and Morphological Mismatches (2007, OUP) and co-author of Network Morphology (2012, CUP).

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