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Inheritance and Inflectional Morphology

Old High German, Latin, Early New High German, and Koine Greek

by MaryEllen A. LeBlanc (Author)
Monographs IX, 71 Pages

Summary

Inheritance, which has its origins in the field of artificial intelligence, is a framework focusing on shared properties. When applied to inflectional morphology, it enables useful generalizations within and across paradigms. The inheritance tree format serves as an alternative to traditional paradigms and provides a visual representation of the structure of the language’s morphology. This mapping also enables cross-linguistic morphological comparison.
In this book, the nominal inflectional morphology of Old High German, Latin, Early New High German, and Koine Greek are analyzed using inheritance trees. Morphological data is drawn from parallel texts in each language; the trees may be used as a translation aid to readers of the source texts as an accompaniment to or substitute for traditional paradigms. The trees shed light on the structural similarities and differences among the four languages.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations and Symbols
  • Chapter 1: Inheritance
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Applications
  • 3. Syncretism
  • 4. Method
  • Chapter 2: Old High German
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Strong Nouns
  • 2.1. Masculine and Neuter
  • 2.1.1. a-stems
  • 2.1.2. -iz-/-az- stems and u-stems
  • 2.2. Feminine
  • 2.2.1. ō-stems
  • 2.2.2. jō-stems
  • 2.2.3. i-stems
  • 3. Weak Nouns
  • 3.1. Masculine and Neuter
  • 3.2. Feminine
  • Chapter 3: Latin
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Group I
  • 2.1. ā-stems
  • 2.2. o-stems
  • 3. Group II
  • 3.1. ē-stems
  • 3.2. Consonantal and i-stems (Third Declension)
  • 3.3. u-stems
  • Chapter 4: Early New High German
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Strong Nouns
  • 2.1. Group I
  • 2.2. Group II
  • 2.3. Group III
  • 3. Weak Nouns
  • Chapter 5: Koine Greek
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Group I
  • 2.1. α-stems
  • 2.2. ο-stems
  • 3. Third Declension
  • 3.1. Consonantal Stems
  • 3.2. Vocalic Stems
  • 3.2.1. ι-stems
  • 3.2.2. υ-stems
  • 3.2.3. ευ-stems
  • 3.2.4. σ-stems
  • Chapter 6: Contrastive Morphology
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Old High German and Latin
  • 3. Early New High German and Koine Greek
  • 4. Old High German and Early New High German
  • 5. Latin and Koine Greek
  • 6. Summary
  • Chapter 7: Conclusion
  • Appendix
  • 1. Paradigms
  • Old High German
  • Latin
  • Early New High German
  • Greek
  • 2. Data
  • References
  • Index
  • Series index

← x | xi →Acknowledgments

I would like to thank Michelle Salyga, Jackie Pavlovic, and Stephen Mazur at Peter Lang Publishing for their assistance in the publication process. I am also grateful to the series editor, Irmengard Rauch, for her helpful comments. Lastly, I thank my family without whose support this book would not have been possible, especially Joseph and Florence van Wie; Paul and Ellen van Wie; and Jerry, Ellie, and Claire.← xi | xii →

← xii | xiii →Abbreviations and Symbols

abl

ablative

acc

accusative

cons

consonantal

dat

dative

decl

declension

ENHG

Early New High German

fem

feminine

gen

genitive

HPSG

Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar

inst

instrumental

loc

locative

masc

masculine

MHG

Middle High German

nom

nominative

obl

oblique

PIE

Proto-Indo-European

pl

plural

OHG

Old High German

← xiii | xiv →voc

vocative

voc stems

vocalic stems

and

or

all cases

ø

none

Details

Pages
IX, 71
ISBN (PDF)
9781453915899
ISBN (ePUB)
9781454192091
ISBN (MOBI)
9781454192084
ISBN (Hardcover)
9781433128912
Language
English
Publication date
2015 (November)
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2016. IX, 71 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

MaryEllen A. LeBlanc (Author)

MaryEllen A. LeBlanc received her PhD. in Germanic linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. As a Fulbright scholar, she studied in Germany at the University of Bonn.

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