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A Diachronic Study of English Plural Markers Having Derivational Function 원문보기

  • 저자

    Cho, Jungho

  • 학위수여기관

    Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Graduate School

  • 학위구분

    국내석사

  • 학과

    영어학과

  • 지도교수

    Kim, Yookang

  • 발행년도

    2014

  • 총페이지

    v, 56 p.

  • 키워드

    Morphology Split Morphology Hypothesis Against Split Morphology Derivation Inflection Inherent Inflection Contextual Inflection Functions of Plural Markers Diachronic Change of Inherent Inflection Old English Present-Day English;

  • 언어

    eng

  • 원문 URL

    http://www.riss.kr/link?id=T13539054&outLink=K  

  • 초록

    A Diachronic Study of English Plural Markers Having Derivational Function Traditionally, derivation and inflection have been regarded as separate grammatical processes; derivation is a process that creates new lexemes, whereas inflection relates to the assignation of grammaticality to words in the post-syntactic component. The distinction between derivation and inflection has been broadly accepted in the field of morphology under the “Split Morphology Hypothesis” (henceforth, SMH). However, varied cross-linguistic evidence, which refutes the traditional assumptions of the SMH, has also been identified within the “Against Split Morphology” framework (henceforth, ASM) (Beard 1982, Bochner 1984, Bybee 1985, Stump 1990, Booij 1993, 1995, Stump 2005, Torres 2010, Palacios 2011). Arguing for ASM, in this thesis, I attempt to examine English plural endings and their derivational roles throughout the history of English. Then, I argue that the strengthening of the derivational function of plural markers can be attributed to the loss of case and gender markers in the late period of English. In fact, in OE, where case, gender, and number categories were marked by a single morpheme, the number category was less derivational because it had to be realized together with other contextual inflections such as case and gender. However, when the number category came to be marked exclusively by a single (plural) ending due to the weakening of the case/gender category in the late peoriod of Old English, the inherent features of the number category were intensified and thus the category become more derivational. However, this speculation is based solely upon my research into the historical development of English number markers. Further diachronic studies of other inflectional categories will illuminate why inflectional markers express derivation, where they stand on the continuum of inflection and derivation, and how they fluctuate on the continuum over the course of time.


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