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James P. Blevins and Juliette Blevins

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547548

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547548.001.0001

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Parts and wholes: Implicative patterns in inflectional paradigms

Parts and wholes: Implicative patterns in inflectional paradigms

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Analogy in Grammar

Farrell Ackerman

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Robert Malouf

Oxford University Press

Humans show an amazing ability to produce novel words based on previous experience. What analogical processes are at work in this process, and how do analogical generalizations emerge from complex morphological systems? This chapter addresses these questions with new quantitative measures. Words are construed as recombinant gestalts. The predictive value of particular words in relation to others is calculated in terms of measures of conditional entropy. When applied to Tundra Nenets nominal paradigms, the model captures central aspects of morphological organization and learning.

Keywords:   paradigm, analogical structure, typology, morphology, inflection, gestalt, conditional entropy, Tundra Nenets

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