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Two Types of Morpho-phonology: Lexical and Syntactic Operations in Semitic Languages
Lior Laks
68-78 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This study sheds light on the role of morpho-phonology with respect to two components of the grammar: lexicon and syntax. This paper argues that there are two different types of morpho-phonology, each of which has different characteristics and a different locus of application. The study examines the morphological manifestation of thematic operations in two Semitic languages: Modern Hebrew and Modern Standard Arabic. Differences between the morphology of passivization and of other operations, such as causativization and reflexivization, are manifested in three domains: types of morphological processes, predictability of output forms, and directionality. This paper contends that these differences result from the component of the grammar where each operation takes place.

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Selected Proceedings of the 5th Décembrettes: Morphology in Toulouse
edited by Fabio Montermini, Gilles Boyé, and Nabil Hathout
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