This chapter addresses some of the most important issues concerning morphomic distributional patterns in Romance. It covers patterns originally due to the effects of stress-related vocalic alternation and palatalization in the verb (‘N-pattern’ and ‘L-pattern’); the remnants of Latin perfective morphology (PYTA); the ‘western Romance’ future and conditional as possible morphome; the ‘past participle’ as morphome; morphomic structures in the inflectional morphology of nouns and adjectives (especially in Romanian); morphomic structures in derivational morphology; the mechanisms by which morphomes emerge historically and the relation between putative morphomes and surviving remnants of their historical semantic or phonological conditioning environment; factors leading to the ‘death’ of morphomes.
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