Query: discontinuous morphology
jrubba at POLYMAIL.CPUNIX.CALPOLY.EDU
Mon Jul 7 21:56:12 UTC 1997
I am preparing an article for a forthcoming typology handbook on
'introflection', a.k.a. 'discontinuous' or 'nonconcatenative' morphology.
I have a few questions that I am researching via databases, but would
appreciate any tips that would shorten my search time while helping me
achieve good coverage for a handbook of this type. The questions are:
(a) Is very thoroughgoing discontinuous morphology** found in language
families _other_ than the Semitic? If so, which languages/families?
(b) Among currently living Semitic languages/dialects, which use
discontinuous morphology in the verb and/or noun-pluralization systems
most productively, and which use it least productively?
(c) Is anyone in Optimality Theory (and/or other recent 'hot'
morphological theories) working on discontinuous morphology in Semitic or
other language families? [I have been out of this loop since finishing my
dissertation, on Modern Aramaic, in 1993]
** By this I don't mean the occasional construction in which noncontiguous
morphs recur with similar meanings, but rather whole (or nearly whole)
systems which employ discontinous morphemes/morphemes consisting of
If there is interest, I will post a summary to the list. In any case, I
will acknowledge helpful sources in my article.
Johanna Rubba Assistant Professor, Linguistics ~
English Department, California Polytechnic State University ~
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 ~
Tel. (805)-756-2184 E-mail: jrubba at oboe.aix.calpoly.edu ~
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