|Title||Convergence in word structure: revisiting agglutinative noun inflection in Cappadocian Greek|
Cappadocian Greek is reported to display agglutinative inflection in its nominal system, namely, mono-exponential formatives for the marking of case and number, and NOM.SG-looking forms as the morphemic units to which inflection applies. Previous scholarship has interpreted these developments as indicating a shift in morphological type from fusion to agglutination, brought about by contact with Turkish. This study takes issue with these conclusions. By casting a wider net over the inflectional system of the language, it shows that, of the two types of agglutinative formations identified, only one evidences a radical departure from the inherited structural properties of Cappadocian noun inflection. The other, on the contrary, represents a typologically more conservative innovation. The study presents evidence that a combination of system-internal and -external motivations triggered the development of both types, it describes the mechanisms through which the innovation was implemented, and discusses the factors that favoured change.
|inflectional class shift|
|Journal citation||33 (1), pp. 31-66|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1075/dia.33.1.02kar|
|Published||01 May 2016|