Fall for 2010-2011
Professors Donna Lardiere and Ruth Kramer
Morphology is quite literally the ‘study of form’—in language, the formal means of expressing grammatical and (grammaticalized) conceptual categories encoded in actual and potential word-signs. This graduate-level course provides a basic introduction to traditional and more contemporary approaches to word formation and grammatical categorization. We will consider previous attempts to define word and morpheme, the notion of paradigm, the nature of lexical entries, the characterization of morphological processes as derivational/lexical vs. inflectional/syntactic, the place of morphology in the overall architecture of a grammar, and other related topics. We will also devote a considerable amount of time to working through language data in order to increase your familiarity with some of the more interesting morphological phenomena found among the world’s languages.
Prerequisites: LING-401 (General Linguistics) or equivalent; a course in phonology is highly recommended
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