Inflectional Classes and Containment

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Inflectional classes are an instance of autonomous morphology, where expression in form cross-cuts syntactically relevant distinctions. However, most analyses assume some kind of ‘containment’, where choice of inflectional allomorphs is largely restricted to a part of speech. In default inheritance accounts of morphology higher defaults are assumed to correspond to recognizable parts of speech. Data from Archi and Noon indicate that violations of containment are not so implausible, but even here there is a role for principles, such as Network Morphology’s ‘morphological projection’, or Spencer's ‘morpholexically coherent lexicon’, that entail a relationship between parts of speech and default morphological classes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDefaults in Morphological Theory
EditorsNikolas Gisborne, Andrew Hippisley
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780198712329
ISBN (Print)9780198712329
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2017


  • Autonomous morphology
  • Containment default inheritance
  • Inflectional class
  • Morphological projection
  • Part of speech

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