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The Verbal Complex in RomanceA Case Study in Grammatical Interfaces$
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Paola Monachesi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274758.001.0001

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Morphology and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Clitics

Morphology and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Clitics

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The Verbal Complex in Romance

Paola Monachesi (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on morphology and examines its interaction with phonology and syntax using Romance cliticization as a test case. To demonstrate the complexity of the phenomenon, it shows in detail the phonological, morphological, and syntactic properties of Romance cliticization. It suggests a lexical analysis which views Romance clitics as having morphological elements. Various approaches to morphology are considered, including the realizational and word-syntax approaches; however, the analysis of cliticization suggested is inspired by the realizational view. The chapter also discusses the role of morphology within a constrained-based framework, including the issue of whether this formalism contributes to the development of a new morphological theory with its use of lexical multiple-inheritance hierarchies. It investigates the position that morphology occupies in other frameworks such as Distributed Morphology (DM) and Optimality Theory (OT).

Keywords:   morphology, Romance Clitics, formalism, realizational approach, word-syntax approach, cliticization

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