Defaults and overrides in morphological description

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Defaults play an important role in modern theories of morphology. This chapter starts by considering how they relate to notions such as regularity and productivity. Discussing briefly earlier derivation-based conceptions that arose in phonology, it moves on to look at declarative inheritance-based approaches to morphology. It also illustrates where defaults can be used both to account for what is exceptional and, in contrast, what is the normal case. We then turn to an area which has received much less attention, namely overrides. We conclude by noting the value of defaults for extracting generalizations, while emphasizing the importance of computational implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Morphology
EditorsAndrew Hippisley, Gregory Stump
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)9781107038271
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2016


  • defaults
  • default
  • default inheritance
  • regularity
  • override
  • markedness
  • productivity
  • canonicity
  • principal parts

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