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Description - Asymmetry in Morphology by Anna Maria Di Sciullo

In this groundbreaking monograph, Anna Maria Di Sciullo proposes that asymmetry -- the irreversibility of a pair of elements in an ordered set -- is a hard-wired property of morphological relations. Her argument that asymmetry is central in derivational morphology, would, if true, make morphological objects regular objects of grammar just as syntactic and phonological objects are. This contrasts with the traditional assumption that morphology is irregular and thus not subject to the basic hard-wired regularities of form and interpretation.Di Sciullo argues that the asymmetric property of morphological relations is part of the language faculty. She proposes a theory of grammar, Asymmetry Theory, according to which generic operations have specific instantiations in parallel derivations of the computational space. She posits that morphological and syntactic relations share a property, asymmetry, but diverge with respect to other properties of their primitives, operations, and interface representations. Di Sciullo offers empirical support for her theory with examples from a variety of languages, including English, Modern Greek, African, Romance, Turkish, and Slavic.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262541848
ISBN-10: 026254184X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anna Maria Di Sciullo

Anna Maria Di Sciullo is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Quebec at Montreal. She is the author of Theorie et description en grammaire generative, and (with Edwin Williams) On the Definition of the Word (MIT Press). She is the editor of Configurations: Essays on Form and Interpretation, and Projections and Interface Conditions: Essays on Modularity.

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