On the Definition of Inflection
A language-independent definition is proposed for the phenomenon of inflection. The definition is based on agreement between two elements in a certain configuration. It differentiates inflection on the one hand from derivation, and on the other hand from cliticization. This is especially urgent in Natural Language Processing systems where consistency has to be maintained even when many coders are involved. The definition can also be used in any theory of morphology, and in lexicography.
KeywordsFunctional Category Noun Phrase Syntactic Rule Phrase Structure Grammar Neuter Gender
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