The morpheme : a theoretical introduction by David Embick

By David Embick

This publication develops a concept of the morpheme within the framework of dispensed Morphology. specific emphasis is dedicated to the best way useful morphemes obtain their phonological shape post-syntactically, in the course of the operation of Vocabulary Insertion. as well as taking a look heavily at syncretism, the first motivation for Vocabulary Insertion, the publication examines allomorphy, blocking off, and different key themes within the idea of the morpheme.

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Using separate lists for them in the way just described and putting these lists in different parts of the grammar are thus ways in which morphology is distributed in the present approach. Moving beyond the Syntactic Terminals and the Vocabulary, something remains to be said about (8c): unpredictable information associated with complex objects. This information comes in different types. A certain amount of unpredictable information is associated with the Vocabulary. For example, the fact that the Vocabulary Item used in the formation of regular plurals in English has the exponent /-z/ is unpredictable.

For example, one operation that applies in the PF branch of the grammar adds phonological content to syntactic nodes. It is called Vocabulary Insertion, and it is examined in detail in chapter 4. This operation is specifically “morphological” in the sense that I intend here: its sole function is to supply a sound form to (certain) morphemes. On the other hand, other PF operations have a much more general character. For example, the PF component is responsible for the computation and representation of linear information.

This might mean that it is somewhat closer to being a handbook. In a limited sense, this is probably true. However, a handbook is typically regarded as a comprehensive overview of the literature up to a point, and I have made no attempt to give a detailed overview of the literature here. Instead, I have tried to connect the essential components of one view of the morpheme into a coherent system. , that those who use the book will be in a position to understand the primary literature, and to make contributions to it.

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