Split-Morphology Hypothesis

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Split-Morphology Hypothesis is a hypothesis which entails that derivation and inflection are distinct, and belong to separate components of the grammar. Derivation is handled by lexical rules, while (regular) inflection is handled by syntactic rules. The Split-Morphology Hypothesis has been endorsed by Anderson (1977,1982,1988) Scalise (1984,1988), and Perlmutter (1988).


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  • Anderson, S.R. 1988. Morphological Theory, in: Newmeyer, F.J. (ed.) Linguistics: The Cambridge survey I. Linguistic Theory: Foundations, pp. 146-191, Cambridge, CUP.
  • Anderson, S.R. 1982. Where's Morphology?, Linguistic Inquiry 13, pp. 571-612, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Perlmutter, D. 1988. The Split-morphology Hypothesis: evidence from Yiddish, in: Hammond, M. and M. Noonan (eds.) Theoretical Morphology: Approaches in Modern Linguistics, Orlando, Academic Press.
  • Scalise, S. 1988. Inflection and derivation, Linguistics 26, 561-582
  • Scalise, S. 1984. Generative Morphology, Foris, Dordrecht.