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Deponency and Morphological Mismatches$
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Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown, and Andrew Hippisley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264102

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264102.001.0001

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Deponency, Syncretism, and What Lies Between*

Deponency, Syncretism, and What Lies Between*

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Deponency and Morphological Mismatches

Greville G. Corbett

British Academy

This chapter discusses how deponency is to be differentiated from syncretism, which shows important similarities. It attempts to provide ‘intellectual housekeeping’, which puts order into the description of inflectional morphology. This allows for an analysis of the diversity of inflectional morphology by confronting it with an elegant order. It is revealed that there are types of lexeme whose interest and importance had not previously been fully recognized.

Keywords:   syncretism, intellectual housekeeping, inflectional morphology, diversity, lexemes

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