This paper is available for the academic year 2016-17.
Li8: Morphology offers a concise overview of morphological variation in the languages of the world, provides an introduction to the descriptive and theoretical models that have been developed to analyze this variation, and summarizes the main sources of experimental and other external evidence for the evaluation of models and the validation of their claims.
The course highlights the substantive ideas about word structure and grammatical organization that underlie current morphological models and identifies any typological biases or independent theoretical commitments. Students are taught standard techniques of morphological analysis and are expected to gain facility in interpreting and evaluating analyses from different theoretical perspectives. A variety of languages are analyzed, and students are offered the opportunity to investigate questions raised in the course in relation to languages with which they are familiar or in which they have an interest.
Li8.1 The demarcation of morphology
Li8.2 Patterns and arrangements
Li8.3 Systems of inflection
Li8.4 Varieties of derivation
Li8.5 Inflectional paradigms, families and series
Li8.6 Derivational families
Li8.7 Morphemic analysis
Li8.8 The agglutinative ideal
Li8.9 Exponence as realization
Li8.10 Syncretism and referral
Li8.11 Autonomous morphology
Li8.12 Implicational models
Li8.13 Morphology as a complex system
Li8.14 Diachrony and explanation
Li8.15 Typological implications
Li8.16 Sources of external evidence
- Matthews, P.H. 1991. Morphology. Cambridge University Press.
- Haspelmath, M. and A. Sims. 2010. Understanding Morphology, 2nd edn. London: Hodder.
- Aronoff, M. and K. Fudeman. 2010. What is Morphology?, 2nd edn. Wiley.
16 one-hour lectures, 8 one-hour supervisions.
Further material relating to lectures and supervisions as well as past exam papers can be found in the Linguistics Tripos folder of the MML Faculty CamTools site here.
Assessment will be by a three-hour exam at the end of the academic year.