Competition in Inflection and Word-Formation

  • Franz Rainer
  • Francesco Gardani
  • Wolfgang U. Dressler
  • Hans Christian Luschützky

Part of the Studies in Morphology book series (SUMO, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Francesco Gardani, Franz Rainer, Hans Christian Luschützky
      Pages 3-36
  3. Derivational Morphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Wolfgang U. Dressler, Lavinia Merlini Barbaresi, Sonja Schwaiger, Jutta Ransmayr, Sabine Sommer-Lolei, Katharina Korecky-Kröll
      Pages 123-143
  4. Inflectional Morphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Kyle Gorman, Charles Yang
      Pages 169-193
    3. Anne Merkuur, Jan Don, Eric Hoekstra, Arjen P. Versloot
      Pages 195-222
    4. Anna M. Thornton
      Pages 223-258
  5. Multiword Expressions and Compounding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Zheng Xu
      Pages 307-334

About this book


This is the first volume specifically dedicated to competition in inflection and word-formation, a topic that has increasingly attracted attention. Semantic categories, such as concepts, classes, and feature bundles, can be expressed by more than one form or formal pattern. This departure from the ideal principle "one form – one meaning" is particularly frequent in morphology, where it has been treated under diverse headings, such as blocking, Elsewhere Condition, Pāṇini's Principle, rivalry, synonymy, doublets, overabundance, suppletion and other terms. Since these research traditions, despite the heterogeneous terminology, essentially refer to the same underlying problems, this volume unites the phenomena studied in this field of linguistic morphology under the more general heading of competition.

The volume features an extensive state of the art report on the subject and 11 research papers, which represent various theoretical approaches to morphology and address a wide range of aspects of competition, including morphophonology, lexicology, diachrony, language contact, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and language acquisition.


rival semantic categories word formation processes competition between semantic categories formal patterns in linguistics linguistic patterns with the same meaning

Editors and affiliations

  • Franz Rainer
    • 1
  • Francesco Gardani
    • 2
  • Wolfgang U. Dressler
    • 3
  • Hans Christian Luschützky
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Romance LanguagesWU ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Comparative LinguisticsUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Austrian Centre for Digital HumanitiesAustrian Academy of SciencesViennaAustria
  4. 4.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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