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date: 10 April 2020

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The chapter contrasts the still popular traditional approach to morphology, based on the classical morpheme concept, with contemporary approaches which significantly modify that concept (Distributed Morphology, Construction Morphology) or reject it altogether (Paradigm Function Morphology, Network Morphology). I extend the scope of the latter, ‘lexeme-and-paradigm’, models by introducing types of morphology intermediate between inflection and derivation: argument-structure alternations and transpositions (such as deverbal participles), together with other problematic phenomena such as clitics, light verbs, periphrasis. The chapter ends with a discussion of derivational morphology as a subtype of lexemic relatedness, briefly outlining the principal theoretical issues facing approaches to lexemic relatedness and lexical representation: ‘blocking’, semantic primitives, lexical semantics, and derivation.

Keywords: argument-structure alternation, Construction Morphology, Distributed Morphology, inflection, lexeme, lexemic relatedness, morpheme, paradigm, Paradigm Function Morphology

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