A constructionist view of complex interactions between inflection and derivation: the case of SMG and Griko

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2014-09-15

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Κουτσούκος, Νικόλαος

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One of the most difficult, but -at the same time- interesting questions in morphological theory is the relation between inflection and derivation. This question lies at the heart of the problem of the architecture of the morphological component and thus raises important issues such as: (a) the relation between the lexicon and the grammar, and (b) the model which best accounts for the relevant facts. In the present thesis, the aim is to examine certain morphological phenomena which reveal the close relation between the two processes, and to show that both should be accounted for in the morphological component. Three aspects of the problem are exhaustively discussed, drawing data from Standard Modern Greek and Griko: (a) the relation between conversion and inflectional classes in Standard Modern Greek, (b) the evolution of derivational affixes into inflectional ones in Griko and (c) the appearance of inflection inside derivation in both Griko and Standard Modern Greek. The analysis of the data is given within a Construction Morphology (CM) framework. CM offers important insights into the problem since it has a strong lexicalist orientation with both inflection and word formation within the lexicon, and the proposed word-formation schema (construction) is applicable to both derivation and inflection. The CM framework provides effective solutions to the problems discussed in the relevant chapters and paves the way for the analysis of similar phenomena. It should be mentioned that the contribution of the present thesis to the relevant discussion can be described in two points: (a) it presents some data that have not been described before and offers an up-to-date analysis, (b) it examines the relation between the two processes within the CM framework.

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Inflection, Derivation, Dialects, Standard Modern Greek, Construction morphology, Griko

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