Gregory Stump

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Ph.D. in Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 1981
M.A. in Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 1978
B.A. in French, University of Kansas, 1976


In recent years, my research has focused on the theory and typology of inflectional morphology:

  • In a series of publications, I have argued for an inferential-realizational theory of inflectional morphology known as Paradigm Function Morphology.  Most recently I have been investigating the nature of exponence and the role of inflectional paradigms as a grammatical interface.
  • Together with Raphael Finkel, I have argued for a novel approach to morphological typology based on the implicative patterns in a language's inflectional paradigms.

I have served as review editor for the journal Language and currently serve as co-editor of the journal Word Structure 

Academic lineage:   


Areas of Specialty:

  • Linguistics
  • Morphology
  • Syntactic theory
  • Formal semantics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Indo-Iranian languages

Areas of interest:

  • The theory and typology of inflectional morphology (focus on inferential-realizational approaches to inflection)
  • The role of inflectional paradigms in the definition of grammars
  • The nature of inflectional exponence
  • Inflection classes, principal parts and computational approaches to the analysis of morphological complexity

Courses taught at UK:

  • Structure and Use of English
  • Introduction to Linguistics I
  • Language and Society: Endangered Languages
  • Language and Society: Writing and Writing Systems
  • Morphology
  • Modern English Grammar
  • Grammatical Analysis
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Sanskrit I and II
  • Special Topics Seminar: Principles of English Morphology
  • Special Topics Seminar: Current Theories of Inflectional Morphology
  • Graduate Seminar: Historical Syntax
  • Graduate Seminar: Inflectional Categories
  • Advanced morphology
  • Formal semantics
Selected Publications: 
  • 2015a (with Raphael Finkel). Contrasting modes of representation for inflectional systems:  Some implications for computing morphological complexity.  In Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown & Greville G. Corbett (eds.), Understanding and measuring morphological complexity, 119–140. Oxford University Press.
  • 2015b. Inflection classes. In Matthew Baerman (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Inflection, 113–139. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2015c. The interface of semantic interpretation and inflectional realization.  In Laurie Bauer, Lívia Körtvélyessy & Pavol Štekauer (eds.), Semantics of complex words, 27–45. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • 2014a. Derivation and function words. In Rochelle Lieber & Pavol Štekauer (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Derivation, 317–37. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2014b. Morphosyntactic property sets at the interface of inflectional morphology, syntax and semantics. Lingvisticæ Investigationes 37:2 [special issue: Morphology and its interfaces – Syntax, semantics and the lexicon, ed. by Dany Amiot, Delphine Tribout, Natalia Grabar, Cédric Patin and Fayssal Tayalati], 290–305.
  • 2014c. Polyfunctionality and inflectional economy. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology 11.3, 73–93.
  • 2013a (with Andrew Spencer). Hungarian pronominal case and the dichotomy of content and form in inflectional morphology. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 31, 1207–1248.
  • 2013b (with Raphael A. Finkel). Morphological Typology: From Word to Paradigm. Cambridge University Press.  [book website]
  • 2013c. Periphrasis in the Sanskrit verb system. In Marina Chumakina & Greville G. Corbett (eds.), Periphrasis: The role of syntax and morphology in paradigms (Proceedings of the British Academy 180), 105-38. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2012. The formal and functional architecture of inflectional morphology. In Angela Ralli, Geert Booij, Sergio Scalise & Athanasios Karasimos (eds.), Morphology and the Architecture of Grammar: On-line Proceedings of the Eighth Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM8), Cagliari, Italy, 14-17 September 2011, 254-70. URL:
  • 2011a (with Farrell Ackerman & Gert Webelhuth). "Lexicalism, periphrasis and implicative morphology", Non-transformational Theories of Grammar, ed. by B. Borsley and K. Börjars, 325-58.  Oxford:  Blackwell.
  • 2011b (with Andrew Hippisley).  "Valence sensitivity in Pamirian past-tense inflection: A realizational analysis", Topics in Iranian Linguistics, ed. by Agnes Korn, Pollet Samvelian and Geoffrey Haig, 103-115.  Wiesbaden: Reichert.
  • 2010a. "Interactions between defectiveness and syncretism", Defective paradigms: Missing forms and what they tell us(Proceedings of the British Academy163), ed. by Matthew Baerman, Greville Corbett and Dunstan Brown, 181–210.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2010b. "The derivation of compound ordinal numerals: Implications for morphological theory", Word Structure 3.2, 205-33.
  • 2009a. "Cells and paradigms in inflectional semantics", Theory and Evidence in Semantics, ed. by J. Nerbonne and E. Hinrichs, pp. 215-33. Stanford: CSLI Publications.
  • 2009b (with Raphael Finkel). "Principal parts and degrees of paradigmatic transparency", Analogy in Grammar: Form and Acquisition, ed. by James P. Blevins and Juliette Blevins, pp.13-53.Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2009c (with Raphael Finkel). "What your teacher told you is true: Latin verbs have four principal parts", Festschrift for Ross Scaife, special edition of the online journal Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.1 (Winter 2009). [] 
  • 2007a. "A noncanonical pattern of deponency and its theoretical implications", in Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett, Dunstan Brown, Andrew Hippisley (eds.), Deponency and Morphological Mismatches: Proceedings of the British Academy 145, 71-95. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2007b (with Raphael Finkel). "A default inheritance hierarchy for computing Hebrew verb morphology", Literary and Linguistic Computing.22.2, 117-136.
  • 2007c (with Tom Stewart). "Paradigm Function Morphology and the morphology/syntax interface", in Gillian Ramchand Charles Reiss (eds.), The Oxford handbook of linguistic interfaces, pp. 383-421. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2007d (with Raphael Finkel). "Principal parts and morphological typology", Morphology 17, 39-75.
  • 2006. "Heteroclisis and paradigm linkage", Language 82, 279-322.
  • 2005a. "Delineating the boundary between inflection-class marking and derivational marking:  The case of Sanskrit -aya", in Wolfgang U. Dressler, Dieter Kastovsky, Oskar E. Pfeiffer Franz Rainer (eds.), pp.293-309. Morphology and its Demarcations. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2005b. "Referrals and morphomes in Sora verb inflection", in G. Booij and J. van Marle, eds., Yearbook of Morphology 2005 (Springer), 227-251.
  • 2004 (with Farrell Ackerman). "Paradigms and periphrastic expression: A study in realization-based lexicalism", in Louisa Sadler Andrew Spencer (eds.), Projecting Morphology, pp.111-157. CSLI Publications.
  • 2002a (with Raphael Finkel). "Generating Hebrew verb morphology by default inheritance hierarchies", in M. Rosner and S. Wintner, eds., Computational Approaches to Semitic Languages: Proceedings of the Workshop, pp.9-18.  Philadelphia: Association for Computational Linguistics.
  • 2002b. "Morphological and syntactic paradigms: Arguments for a theory of paradigm linkage," in Geert Booij Jaap van Marle (eds.), Yearbook of Morphology 2001, pp.147-180. Dordrecht: Kluwer.
  • 2001a. "Default inheritance hierarchies and the evolution of inflectional classes," in Laurel Brinton (ed.), Proceedings of the XIVth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, pp.293-307. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2001b. Inflectional morphology: A theory of paradigm structure. Cambridge University Press.
  • 1997. ‘Template Morphology and Inflectional Morphology’, in G. Booij and J. van Marle, eds., Yearbook of Morphology 1996 (Kluwer), 217–241.
  • 1995. ‘The Uniformity of Head Marking in Inflectional Morphology’, in G. Booij and J. van Marle, eds., Yearbook of Morphology 1994 (Kluwer), 245–296.
  • 1993a. ‘How Peculiar is Evaluative Morphology?’, Journal of Linguistics 29, 1–36.
  • 1993b. ‘On Rules of Referral’, Language 69, 449–479.  [Reprinted in Morphology: Critical Concepts in Linguistics, ed. by Francis Katamba (London: Routledge, 2003).]
  • 1993c. ‘Position Classes and Morphological Theory’, in G. Booij and J. van Marle, eds., Yearbook of Morphology 1992 (Kluwer), 129–180.
  • 1993d. ‘Reconstituting Morphology: The Case of Bantu Preprefixation’, Linguistic Analysis 23, 169–204.
  • 1992. ‘On the Theoretical Status of Position Class Restrictions on Inflectional Affixes’, in G. Booij and J. van Marle, eds., Yearbook of Morphology 1991 (Kluwer), 211–241.
  • 1991. ‘A Paradigm-based Theory of Morphosemantic Mismatches’, Language 67, 675–725.
  • 1990a. ‘Breton Inflection and the Split Morphology Hypothesis’, in R. Hendrick, ed., Syntax and Semantics, Volume 23: The Syntax of the Modern Celtic Languages (Academic Press), 97–119.
  • 1990b. ‘La morphologie bretonne et la frontière entre la flexion et la dérivation’, La Bretagne linguistique 6, 185–237.
  • 1989. ‘A Note on Breton Pluralization and the Elsewhere Condition’, Natural Language and Linguis­tic Theory 7, 261–273.
  • 1985. The Semantic Variability of Absolute Constructions, Dordrecht: Reidel.


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