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Title: Studies in German and English morphology with special reference to 'linking elements'
Author: Montgomery, B. I.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis is primarily concerned with the status and derivation of linking elements in German (and, to a lesser extent, English) compounds, with the question of whether such linking elements are inflections, and with problems caused by the apparently low predictability of such elements. A number of empirical and theoretical issues arising from this analysis are discussed - among those the claim found in recent research whereby German has retained the morphological category 'Stem', while English has lost this category. The thesis is couched in the framework of recent 'base-driven' Lexical Morphology and Phonology. The data under investigation supports a model of lexical stratification which posits three strata for German (root, stem and word-based respectively) and two (root and word-based respectively) for English. Chapter I provides an introduction to the theoretical background of the thesis, as well as well as addressing a number of notions and concepts which seem to be 'established' in linguistics, but which nevertheless appear to have defied full understanding or satisfactory definition - for example the difference between inflection and derivation; the difference between the morphological categories root, stem and word: the issue of storage within a model of the lexicon. Chapter II investigates the morphological category stem in German by discussing both the morphological processes which give rise to verb stems, as well as the morphological processes which require verb stems as their input. Chapter III presents an analysis of [[Vstem] ]N]] compounding in German: a variety of formations is discussed and the linking element /ə/ is analysed in terms of its phonotactic, morphological and semantic triggers. Chapter IV is a comprehensive study of the phenomenon of linking elements in the juncture positions of [[N] _ [N]] compounds in German.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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