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By Igor Mel'cuk, David Beck

The ebook is devoted to linguistic morphology and it incorporates a cartoon of an entire morphological conception, situated round a dialogue of basic techniques reminiscent of morph vs. morpheme, inflectional classification, voice, grammatical case, contract vs. executive, suppletion, relationships among linguistic symptoms, etc.: the most popular matters in glossy linguistics! The ebook introduces rigorous and transparent suggestions essential to describe morphological phenomena of normal languages. between different issues, it bargains logical calculi of attainable grammemes in a given class. The presentation is built in a typological viewpoint, in order that linguistic info from a wide number of languages are defined and analyzed (about a hundred typologically very various languages). the most process is deductive: the options proposed in points of the speculation of Morphology are according to a small set of indefinibilia and every idea is outlined when it comes to those indefinibilia and/or different ideas outlined formerly; for that reason, logical calculi could be developed (similar to Mendeleev's Periodical desk of parts in chemistry). Then the concept that is utilized to the particular linguistic facts to illustrate its validity and benefits. therefore, facets of the speculation of Morphology combines metalinguistic undertaking (a approach of recommendations for morphology) with typological and descriptive orientation. It reaches out to all scholars of language, together with the border fields and functions.

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The interlexemic syntactics of a wordform w bears on the syntagmatic relations of w with other wordforms of the same sentence – roughly speaking, it regulates w’s cooccurrence with other wordforms. Radicals/ Roots constitute the vast majority of the morphs of L. 30. Affix: a morph that is not a radical/root. , specifies the affix’s cooccurrence with the radical of this wordform and perhaps with other affixes of the same wordform. 31. Stem: the component of a wordform that includes the radical and may include other non-inflectional components; it is not, of course, a complete wordform.

Suprasegmental morphs. But then the class of most widespread and typical signs (= segmental elementary signs) and the class of relatively rare and rather ‘exotic’ signs (= suprasegmental elementary signs) will have formally similar complex names; it seems preferable to use a short and versatile name morph for the first class and coin a new term for the second. Such is the nature of my whole endeavor: I propose a set of names (‘pasted’ to corresponding concepts) that – hopefully – form a unified system and contribute to a better logical analysis of real linguistic phenomena.

Chvany, M. Durie, N. Evans, Z. Frajzyngier, W. Lehfeldt, L. Iomdin, J. Mugdan, V. Plungjan, A. Polguère, M. Polinsky, E. Savvina, L. Wanner, D. Weiss, and A. Wierzbicka. Finally, L. Iordanskaja read the whole manuscript once again and contributed more to its clarity and consistency. And D. Beck assumed the Herculean task of cleaning the Augean stable of my non-native English. , while giving me excellent advice on how to improve my presentation. Last, but not least, I have to thank the two Anonymous Reviewers of the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, and the Anonymous Reviewer of the Mouton de Gruyter Publishers, whose suggestions were very useful to me.

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