By Gail Hairston
(Jan. 19, 2016) — Cambridge University Press recently published University of Kentucky linguistics Professor Gregory Stump’s new book, “Inflectional Paradigms: Content and Form at the Syntax-Morphology Interface.”
Stump examines mismatches between words' content and their form, drawing on evidence from a wide range of languages, including French, Hua, Hungarian, Kashmiri, Latin, Nepali, Noon, Old Norse, Sanskrit, Turkish, Twi and others.
Language students are often asked to memorize a word’s paradigm or its full inventory of inflected forms. Despite the educational usefulness of paradigms, linguists have sometimes dismissed them as having no real importance for understanding the structure of human languages.
In his new book, however, Stump argues for the opposite