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date: 11 December 2019

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Paradigm Function Morphology is an inferential-realizational theory of morphology. This chapter explains the basic features of the theory, both in its earlier form (PFM1) and in its more recent form (PFM2). Because PFM2 draws an essential distinction between the morphosyntactic property set determining a word form’s syntax and semantics and the property set driving its morphological realization, it affords straightforward analyses of a range of noncanonical morphological phenomena, including defectiveness, syncretism, inflection classes, and deponency. The workings of PFM2 are demonstrated with a formal analysis of the conjugational system of Bena-bena (Gorokan, Papua New Guinea). Although PFM2 has been primarily developed as a model for inflectional systems, its logic is applicable in the domain of derivational morphology; it also affords the precise articulation of a realistic interface between a word’s morphology and its phonology, syntax, and semantics.

Keywords: cell, interface, content-form, mismatch morphosyntactic property, exponence, paradigm, inflection, realization

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