|Authors:||Paul de Lacy|
Paul de Lacy
University of Massachusetts
The aim of this paper is to present evidence for a hitherto
unrecognised type of morpheme: a haplologizing reduplicant, dubbed a
'circumscriptive morpheme' here. Unlike standard reduplicants, these
morphemes coalesce with phonological material instead of copying it.
Circumscriptive morphemes are shown to be essential in accounting for
morphologically-induced lengthening and reduplicative infixation in
the Polynesian language Maori. Other potential applications - as in
parsing-out circumscription, truncation, and subtractive morphology -
are also discussed.
Keywords: circumscription, haplology, reduplication, Base