Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Linguistic Theory and Typology (MALTT)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Gregory Stump

Second Advisor

Dr. Fabiola Henri


In traditional grammar, the inflection of a word’s different forms based on the possible morphosyntactic property combinations of the language can be ordered into a tables. Words of the same part of speech often can be grouped together when they inflect in similar fashions. These similar groups are represented by a single word that expresses the morphosyntactic property set possible for that part of speech. These groups are called declensions. These declensions are not always complete sometimes there is a particular morphosyntactic property set that does not have a corresponding form (word). This is known as defectiveness. One approach that deals with this issue and more that arise with regard to gaps and redundancies in the morphology of a language is Paradigm Function Morphology (PFM). This type of morphology developed by Gregory Stump is based off his inferential-realizational “paradigm-linkage theory”. Stump uses his theory to account for many of the issues that can arise in an inflectional system such as morphomic properties, overabundance, overdifferentiation, syncretism, deponency, metaconjugation, and heteroclisis. This thesis will evaluate the seven nominal declensions of Modern Eastern Armenian using Paradigm Function Morphology.

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