Periphrasis and Inflection

Spencer, Andrew and Popova, Gergana. 2015. Periphrasis and Inflection. In: Matthew Baerman, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Inflection. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 197-232. ISBN 9780199591428 [Book Section]

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The first part of the handbook covers the fundamental building blocks of inflectional form and content: morphemes, features, and means of exponence. Part 2 focuses on what is arguably the most characteristic property of inflectional systems, paradigmatic structure, and the non-trivial nature of the mapping between function and form. The third part deals with change and variation over time, and the fourth part covers computational issues from a theoretical and practical standpoint. Part 5 addresses psycholinguistic questions relating to language acquisition and neurocognitive disorders. The final part is devoted to sketches of individual inflectional systems, illustrating a range of typological possibilities across a genetically diverse set of languages from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Australia, Europe, and South America.

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periphrasis, analytic construction, anti-periphrasis, auxiliary verb, clitic, feature intersection, multiword construction, possessive construction

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English and Comparative Literature


30 July 2015Published
January 2016Published Online

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14 Sep 2015 11:16

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