Morphological Domains

Cohesion, order, and abstract patterns in morphology


What makes certain patterns diachronically more stable than others? What mechanisms shape cohesion and order?

  • Contact: Carmen Saldaña

  • Team: Carmen Saldaña, Borja Herce, Jessica Ivani, Balthasar Bickel

  • Local Partners: Sabine Stoll, Paul Widmer, Stefan Dedio


Selected publications:

Mansfield, J., S. Stoll & B. Bickel. 2020. Category clustering: A probabilistic bias in the morphology of argument marking. Language 96.2: 255-293. doi:10.1353/lan.2020.0021.

Widmer, M., M. Jenny, W. Behr & B. Bickel. 2020. Morphological structure can escape reduction effects from mass admixture of second language speakers: Evidence from Sino-Tibetan. Studies in Language,

Seifart, F., J. Strunk, S. Danielsen, I. Hartmann, B. Pakendorf, S. Wichmann, A. Witzlack-Makarevich, N. H. de Jong & B. Bickel. 2018. Nouns slow down speech across structurally and culturally diverse languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10.1073/pnas.1800708115.

Bickel, B. & F. Zúñiga. 2017. The ‘word’ in polysynthetic languages: Phonological and syntactic challenges. In M. D. Fortescue, M. Mithun & N. Evans (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis, 158 – 185. Oxford: Oxford University Press.