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A revival of interest in morphology has occurred during recent years. The Yearbook of Morphology series, published since 1988, has proven to be an eminent support for this upswing of morphological research, since it contains articles on topics which are central in the current theoretical debates which are frequently referred to. The Yearbookof Morphology 1999 focuses on diachronic morphology, and shows, in a number of articles by renowned specialists, how complicated morphological systems develop in the course of time. In addition, this volume deals with a number of hotly debated issues in theoretical morphology: its interaction with phonology (including Optimality Theory), the relation between inflection and word formation, and the formal modeling of inflectional systems. A special feature of this volume is an article on morphology in sign language, a very new and exciting area of research in linguistics. The relevant evidence comes from a wide variety of languages, amongst which Germanic, Romance, and Slavic languages are prominent. Audience: Theoretical, descriptive, and historical linguists, morphologists, phonologists, and psycholinguists will find this book of interest.
Theme: Diachronic Morphology. Guest editor: Martin Haspelmath. Umlaut as signans and signatum: synchronic and diachronic aspects; A. Carstairs-McCarthy. What sort of thing is a derivational affix? Diachronic evidence from Romanian and Spanish suffixes; M. Maiden. The development of `junk'. Irregularization strategies of HAVE and SAY in the Germanic languages; D. Nübling. Paradigm organization and lexical connections in the development of the Italian passato remoto; E. Magni. On useful darkness: loss and destruction of transparency by linguistic change, borrowing, and word creation; E. Ronneberger-Sibold. Other articles. The representation of prefixed forms in the Italian lexicon: Evidence from the distribution of intervocalic [s] and [z] in northern Italian; M. Baroni. On inherent inflection feeding derivation in Polish; B. Cetnarowska. The processing of interfixed German compounds; W.U. Dressler, et al. Word formation rules in a default inheritance framework: a Network Morphology account of Russian personal nouns; A. Hippisley. Stem selection and OT; S.G. Lapointe. Verb classifiers as noun incorporation in Israeli sign language; I. Meir.