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Distributed Morphology TodayMorphemes for Morris Halle$
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Ora Matushansky and Alec Marantz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019675

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019675.001.0001

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Cycles, Vocabulary ltemsr and Stem Forms in Hiaki

Cycles, Vocabulary ltemsr and Stem Forms in Hiaki

(p.117) 7 Cycles, Vocabulary ltemsr and Stem Forms in Hiaki
Distributed Morphology Today

Heidi Harley

Mercedes Tubino Blanco

The MIT Press

In Distributed Morphology, any features that are syntactically (and possibly semantically) active must be a property of the abstract morphemes which are input to syntactic derivation. However, this chapter argues that class features in Hiaki are not properties of roots in the syntax but rather are properties of Vocabulary Items, the phonological exponents inserted at the end of the syntactic derivation. Irregular morphophonological rules (readjustment rules) apply to a particular class of Vocabulary Items in the appropriate morphosyntactic environment. Classifications of this kind play no role in the syntactic/semantic computation, but are crucial in triggering the application of the appropriate morphophonological rule to yield the correct surface form in such cases. The existence of such morphological classifications, irrelevant to syntax, is thus an argument against the lexeme.

Keywords:   Distribution Morphology, abstract morphemes, syntactic derivation, Vocabulary Items, irregular morphophonological rules, syntactic/semantic computation, KW

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