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ERIC Number: EJ901780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0097-8507
Dvandvas, Blocking, and the Associative: The Bumpy Ride from Phrase to Word
Kiparsky, Paul
Language, v86 n2 p302-331 Jun 2010
The oldest form of Sanskrit has a class of expressions that are in some respects like asyndetically coordinated syntactic phrases, in other respects like single compound words. I propose to resolve the conflicting evidence by drawing on prosodic phonology, stratal optimality theory, and the lexicalist approach to morphological blocking. I then present an account of the semantic properties and the historical development of these expressions. The analysis points to a solution to the theoretical problem of nonmonotonic trajectories in diachrony, a challenge for causal theories of change that claim that analogical processes are simplifying or regularizing. The idea is that optimization of such a highly structured object as a language does not proceed monotonically, but via a sequence of local optima.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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