From: Petros Karatsareas <pk299cam.ac.uk>
Subject: Heteroclisis and Inflection Class Reanalysis
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In current morphological models of analysis, heteroclisis refers to the
property of lexical items that belong to a certain inflectional class in
some part of their inflectional paradigm (for example, the singular), but
in a different inflectional class in some other part of it (for example, the
plural). Such lexical items (or their stems) can then be thought of as
belonging to two (or potentially more) inflectional classes (Corbett
2009, Noyer 2005, Stump 2006).
Most discussions of heteroclisis in the literature appear to focus on its
synchronic dimension (exceptions include Luís 2008 and Maiden
2009). I am particularly interested in the diachronic relevance of
heteroclisis for various phenomena related to morphological change.
Specifically, I am exploring the relation between heteroclisis and
inflection class reanalysis. In other words, what happens when
inflection class membership becomes blurred in specific cells of a given
paradigm due to heteroclisis? Under what conditions do heteroclite
lexical items 'switch' to an innovative inflectional paradigm?
I would be grateful if I could hear back from anyone who might know of
any research on heteroclisis (especially from a diachronic perspective)
or of any case studies in particular (from any language).
Thank you in advance.
Department of Linguistics, University of Cambridge
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