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Linguistic Typology

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Volume 11, Issue 1

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Linguistic typology: Morphology

Matthew Baerman / Greville G Corbett
Published Online: 2007-07-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.010

Abstract

Typology in its modern form is connected with the search for universals. This works to the advantage of certain types of questions, those which allow a more or less coherent answer for any language. Phonology, syntax, and semantics are usually the starting point, and such topics as phonological inventories, word order, and the range of expressible semantic distinctions constitute the bulk of research. These also form the core questions of general linguistics, so this research emphasis is only to be expected. Conversely, one area that receives relatively little attention from typologists is morphology. This too is hardly surprising: of all the aspects of language, morphology is the most language-specific and hence least generalizable. Indeed, even the very presence of a meaningful morphological component is language-specific.

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1Correspondence address:Surrey Morphology Group, Department of Culture, Media and Communication, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom

2Correspondence address:Surrey Morphology Group, Department of Culture, Media and Communication, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom


Received: 2007-01-12

Published Online: 2007-07-31

Published in Print: 2007-07-20


Citation Information: Linguistic Typology, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 115–117, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2007.010.

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