The Syntax-Morphology Interface: A Study of Syncretism (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics)

  • Publish Date: 2009-03-12
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Matthew Baerman;Professor Dunstan Brown;Greville G. Corbett
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Syncretism--where a single form serves two or more morphosyntactic functions--is a persistent problem at the syntax-morphology interface. It results from a 'mismatch', whereby the syntax of a language makes a particular distinction, but the morphology does not. This pioneering book provides the first full-length study of inflectional syncretism, presenting a typology of its occurrence across a wide range of languages. It will be welcomed by linguists interested in the relation between words and the larger units of which they are a part.