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Book: Inflectional Morphology in Harmonic Serialism

Chapter: From Optimality Theory to Harmonic Serialism

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.36455


The first chapter lays out standard parallel optimality-theoretic approaches to inflectional morphology (based on work like Grimshaw (2001), Trommer (2001; 2003; 2006), Wunderlich (2004), Don & Blom (2006), Ortmann (2002; 2004), Stiebels (2000; 2002; 2006)). A main result of standard parallel optimality theoretic approaches to inflectional morphology is that the two basic principles of morphological realization by underspecified exponents - viz., compatibility and specificity - do not have to be stipulated (as they are. e.g., in the Subset Principle in Distributed Morphology, or in Panini's Principle in Paradigm Function Morphology) but follow from the interaction of IDENT and MAX contstraints, respectively.

Chapter Contributors

  • Gereon Muller ( - gmuller) 'Universit├Ąt Leipzig'