Geometrical morphology

John A. Goldsmith; Eric Rosen. 24 February, 2017.
Communicated by John Goldsmith.


This paper explores a geometrical model for inflectional morphology in natural language. The basis of the underlying space are the values of the features represented in that morphology. The interface with the morphosyntax identifies a corner on a hypercube in this space, and the morpheme selected in order to realize that morphosyntactic selection consists of the morpheme whose vector representation is closest to that corner. In the case of a corner point realized by a set of inflectional morphemes, the set of morphemes that is chosen is the set whose vector sum is closest to the corner in question.

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