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160118 PS Introductory Seminar on Morphology (2018W)

Allomorphy and infixation

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 04.12. 18:15 - 20:45 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Thursday 06.12. 12:15 - 14:15 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 07.12. 09:15 - 12:15 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Monday 10.12. 17:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Tuesday 11.12. 18:15 - 20:15 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Thursday 13.12. 09:30 - 12:30 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 14.12. 13:30 - 17:00 Seminarraum 3 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Saturday 15.12. 10:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum 2 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

This proseminar will engage with the crosslinguistic empirical profiles of two morphological phenomena and explore their implications for linguistic theory. The first phenomenon we will take up is allomorphy, variation in the form of a morpheme depending upon its environment, and the second is infixation, the appearance of an affix inside of the stem it attaches to rather than linearly concatenated with it. These phenomena raise theoretical questions about locality, the nature of exponent choice, derivational timing, and wordhood, all of which have implications beyond just morphology. Once we have a handle on both phenomena, we will put the two together and investigate cases of allomorphy that involve infixation, e.g., allomorphy of infixes themselves, and allomorphy triggered by infixes. Along the way, we will take up the question of how best to model the interface of morphology with syntax on the one hand, and phonology on the other.

This class will be highly interactive and hands-on. Instead of a textbook, we will be reading selected original research. Students will develop tools of analysis and argumentation that are applicable in all areas of linguistics.

Assessment and permitted materials

Student assessment is based on active participation in class, regular readings, a few small assignments, a paper presentation (to be chosen from a list of papers provided at the start of the course), and a final paper consisting of original research.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

--Regular attendance, completion of readings, and participation in class discussion
--A few small assignments
--Class presentation
--Term paper

Examination topics

Continuous assessment based on what is covered in class.

Reading list

Materials will be provided in class and via the Moodle platform.

Association in the course directory

MA4-WM 1.1
MA4-WM 1.3
MA4-WM 1.4

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