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The significance of absence:The case of zero and empty morphs.

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dc.contributor.author Kosch, Ingeborg M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-08T11:06:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-08T11:06:25Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Kosch,Ingeborg.The significance of absence:The case of zero and empty morphs.South African Journal of African Languages,vol.24,no.4, 2004.pp.245-251. en
dc.identifier.issn 0257-2117
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/5765
dc.description.abstract The morpheme is generaliy understood as a unit which has form as well as content, i.e. a physical substance (phonological and phonetic) and a meaning or function within a grammatical system. With reference to examples from Northem Sotho and Zulu, this article demonstrates that zero morphs and empty morphs, as realizations of morphemes, fail to comply in one way or another with the above-mentioned characteristics posited for morphemes. Zero morphs lack a physical form, while empty morphs lack a meaning. These facts render the recognition of zero morphs and empty morphs somewhat controversial, but many linguists nevertheless tind it convenient to identify such morphs in their analyses. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher African Language Association of Southern Africa. en
dc.title The significance of absence:The case of zero and empty morphs. en
dc.type Article en


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