ISBN 9780761995944,Explorations in Seamless Morphology

Explorations in Seamless Morphology


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2003

ISBN 9780761995944

ISBN-10 0761995943

Hard Back

Number of Pages 348 Pages
Language (English)


This volume exposes the inadequacies of morpheme or stem based theories of morphology and introduces the two versions (the Montreal version, called Whole Word Morphology, and the `lexicase` one) of a radically a-morphous morphology, somewhat mischievously designated, by Starosta, as `seamless morphology`. It also makes clear their many shared assumptions and principles as well as the differences between them. A number of contributors deal with `compounding` and `incorporation`, two of the toughest problems in maintaining the seamless position. Other contributions show the advantages of that position in analysing synchronic and diachronic problems connected with lexical derivation in Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Spanish and Micronesian languages. Table of Contents Introduction Prolegomena to a Theory of Non-Paninian Morphology ALAN FORD and RAJENDRA SINGH Some Advantages of Linguistics without Morpho(phon)ology ALAN FORD and RAJENDRA SINGH In Praise of Sakatayana RAJENDRA SINGH and ALAN FORD On So-Called Compounds RAJENDRA SINGH and PROBAL DASGUPTA On Defining the Chinese Compound Word: Headedness in Chinese Compounding and Chinese VR Compounds STANLEY STAROSTA, KOENRAAD KUIPER, SIEW AI NG and ZHIQIAN WU Do Compounds have Internal Structure? A Seamless Analysis STANLEY STAROSTA Micronesian Noun Incorporation: A Seamless Analysis STANLEY STAROSTA Semantic Fragmentation in Word Formation: The Case of Spanish -azo FRANZ RAINER Towards a Universal Theory of Shape-Invariant (Templatic) Morphology: Classical Arabic Reconsidered ROBERT R RATCLIFF Paradigmatic Morphology THOMAS BECKER The Importance of Being Ernist PROBAL DASGUPTA A Perfect Strategy for Latin BYRON W BENDER Morphology in Minimal Information Grammar DANKO SIPKA Index