Morphological Metatheory

Daniel Siddiqi | Carleton University
Heidi Harley | University of Arizona
ISBN 9789027257123 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027267122 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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The field of morphology is particularly heterogeneous. Investigators differ on key points at every level of theory. These divisions are not minor issues about technical implementation, but rather are foundational issues that mold the underlying anatomy of any theory. The field has developed very rapidly both theoretically and methodologically, giving rise to many competing theories and varied hypotheses. Many drastically different and often contradictory models and foundational hypotheses have been proposed. Theories diverge with respect to everything from foundational architectural assumptions to the specific combinatorial mechanisms used to derive complex words. Today these distinct models of word-formation largely exist in parallel, mostly without proponents confronting or discussing these differences in any major forum. After forty years of fast-paced growth in the field, morphologists are in need of a moment to take a breath and survey the drastically different points of view within the field. This volume provides such a moment.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 229] 2016.  xiii, 547 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The editors have done the field a great service in bringing this project to fruition. The result is a volume in which morphologists with very different agendas and perspectives debate their assumptions and goals. There is plenty here to agree with, disagree with and debate further. Let’s hope this interesting book will be the start of greater engagement across the different approaches to morphology.”
“This book is a trove of tantalizing morsels for the morphological gourmet. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find something here to stimulate your linguistic appetite. Guaranteed, though, you won’t be able to stop at one.”
“If you're looking for an antidote to theoretical myopia in morphology: look no further! This impressive volume provides a wide range of current perspectives on morphological theory, with penetrating discussions engaging the high-level questions that delineate frameworks. The scope of debate and array of views make this collection not only a must-read for morphologists across the spectrum, but also an excellent focal point for the future debates that will advance the field.”
“A masterful assembly of current reflections on modeling syncretism, suppletion, affix-ordering, and other cornerstones of morphological theory. With extensive cross-framework comparison and a rich tapestry of empirical coverage, it provides ample resources for new evaluation and syntheses of the state of the art and the way forward.”

Main BIC Subject

CFK: Grammar, syntax

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016003593