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date: 13 November 2019

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Inflectional exponence may be understood declaratively as a systematic phonological relation between inflected word forms sharing a set of inflectional features and their bases, or derivationally as operations on base forms exposing these features. In this chapter, we discuss the types of exponence and approaches to the phenomenon which have played a prominent role in linguistic literature of the last decades, giving an overview of the range of empirical phenomena involved, and its current theoretical understanding, with a focus on approaches to non-affixational morphology in theoretical phonology. Crucially we show that there is no significant categorial difference between inflectional exponence and other types of exponence, and develop a taxonomy of exponence types that departs from the traditional dichotomy between concatenative and non-concatenative morphology by applying finer-grained classification criteria and by fully integrating templatic exponence.

Keywords: affixation, templates, non-concatenative morphology, linear order, concatenativist hypothesis, morphophonology

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