Edited by Antje Dammel and Oliver Schallert
[Studies in Language Companion Series 207] 2019
► pp. 135–158
This article discusses the application of the Paradigm Function Morphology (PFM) approach when modelling data from Upper German case marking. Building on a corpus-based study, it highlights the relevant aspects – the word forms, case marking types and patterns – which shape the Upper German case marking system. In a second step, it discusses pressing issues in modelling these aspects in PFM, focusing on the issue of modelling the case marking types. In the Upper German data, these types show gradual behavior in non-concatenative structures, which cannot be adequately accounted for using the PFM approach. In addition, the article highlights the issues in modelling case marking patterns based on the phonological surface structure – a level which involves a great amount of variation.