This volume advances our understanding of how word structure in terms of affix ordering is organized in the languages of the world. A central issue in linguistic theory, affix ordering receives much attention amongst the research community, though most studies deal with only one language. By contrast, the majority of the chapters in this volume consider more than one language and provide data from typologically diverse languages, some of which are examined for the
first time. Many chapters focus on cases of affix ordering that challenge linguistic theory with such phenomena as affix repetition and variable ordering, both of which are shown to be neither rare nor typical only of lesser-studied languages with unstable grammatical organization, as previously
assumed. The book also offers an explicit discussion on the non-existence of phonological affix ordering, with a focus on mobile affixation, and one on the emergence of affix ordering in child language, the first of its kind in the literature. Repetitive operations, undesirable in many theories, are frequent in early child language and seem to serve as trainings for morphological decomposition and affix stacking. Thus, the volume also raises important questions regarding the general
architecture of grammar and the nature and side effects of our theoretical assumptions.
Stela Manova is a senior researcher and a lecturer at the University of Vienna. She is the founder and organizer of the Vienna Workshops on Affix Order, the author of Understanding Morphological Rules (Springer 2011) and "Affixation" (2013, in Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics, ed. Mark Aronoff), and the editor of a two-volume special issue of Morphology entitled "Affix Combinations" (Springer 2010, with Mark Aronoff) and of Affixes and Bases (Edinburgh University Press 2011).
Contributors ; 1. Introduction: Affix ordering across languages and frameworks ; Stela Manova ; Part 1: Syntactic and semantic ordering ; 2. Recursive passivization: a causative coercion account ; Ekaterina Lyutikova and Sergei Tatevosov ; 3. Scope versus ordering of operations: causativisation and ordering of valency-changing operations in Adyghe ; Alexander Letuchiy ; 4. Modern Greek parasynthetic verbs: a hierarchical relationship between prefixes and suffixes? ; Angeliki Efthymiou ; Part 2: Phonological and morphological ordering ; 5. Mobile affixation within a modular approach to the morphology-phonology interface ; Yuni Kim ; 6. Hierarchy-governed Affix Order in Eastern Kiranti ; Eva Zimmermann ; 7. Negation in Kurmanji ; Songul Gundo?du ; Part 3: Psycholinguistic and cognitive ordering ; 8. Suffix combinations in Italian: selectional restrictions and processing constraints ; Luigi Talamo ; 9. Affix order and the structure of the Slavic word ; Stela Manova ; Part 4: Description and acquisition of affix order ; 10. Suffix sets in Polish de-nominal derivatives ; Iwona Burkacka ; 11. Reduplication, repetition, hypercharacterisation and other affix-doubling in child language ; Wolfgang U. Dressler, Katarzyna Dziubalska-Ko?aczyk, Natalia Gagarina, Marianne Kilani-Schoch