Morphological differentiation is defined as the development of morphological variants which can be considered by speakers to shape the transition to a new, different category. After discussing different cases of morphological differentiation, the paper will focus on the accompanying changes that facilitate the process of category formation. This reflects an active Principle of Maximal Differentiation, which helps speakers distinguish the units belonging to the new categories from the others.

Categorial shift and morphological differentiation

livio gaeta
2019

Abstract

Morphological differentiation is defined as the development of morphological variants which can be considered by speakers to shape the transition to a new, different category. After discussing different cases of morphological differentiation, the paper will focus on the accompanying changes that facilitate the process of category formation. This reflects an active Principle of Maximal Differentiation, which helps speakers distinguish the units belonging to the new categories from the others.
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https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S038800011830281X
Linguistics, Language change, Categorization, Morphology
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