, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 445-480
Date: 19 Jun 2010

The penumbra of morphosyntactic feature systems

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This paper was first presented at the meeting on ‘Markedness and Underspecification in Morphology and Semantics’, Harvard, February-March 2008. I am grateful to the participants, and particularly to David Pesetsky, the discussant, for useful suggestions. A new version was given at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig, where there was also a good discussion: I thank Juliette Blevins, Bernard Comrie and Martin Haspelmath for the points they raised. I also wish to thank Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Marina Chumakina, Anna Kibort, Alison Long and Claire Turner for helpful comments on a draft. The paper has been improved following constructive suggestions by anonymous referees and Jonathan Bobaljik: my thanks to them also. The support of the AHRC (grant AH/D001579/1), the ESRC (grant RES-062-23-0696) and the ERC (grant ERC-2008-AdG-230268 MORPHOLOGY) is gratefully acknowledged.