Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

3-2003

Keywords

Morphology, Theory of Paradigm.

Abstract

Although the presence or absence of inflection in a language has been a cornerstone of typology since before Wilhelm von Humboldt, a consensus regarding inflectional morphology as a distinct component of linguistic structure has yet to emerge. This book is an attempt to formalize what can be deduced about inflectional paradigms based on a rigorous inspection of the data. Gregory Stump calls his approach paradigm function morphology (PFM), describing it as an 'inferential-realizational' theory that regards 'the paradigm and not merely the word' (28) as the primary focus of analysis with respect to inflectional morphology. The book develops the idea that paradigms are not epiphenomena of the morphosyntax but rather 'constitute a central principle of morphological organization.

Publication Title

Language

Volume

79

Issue

1

First Page

224

Last Page

225

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Grammar, Comparative and general--Inflection

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

Stump, Gregory T. (Gregory Thomas), 1954-. Inflectional morphology

Genre/Form

reviews (documents)

Type

Text

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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