This course offers a concise overview of morphological variation in the worlds’ languages and provides an introduction to some of the dominant descriptive and theoretical models that have been developed to analyze this variation. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying the substantive ideas about form variation that underlie morphological models and on isolating and evaluating any associated typological biases and theoretical idealizations, as well as broader cognitive assumptions and implications.


  • Matthews (1991) Morphology [‘M’ in Syllabus]
  • Haspelmath & Sims (2010) Understanding Morphology [‘HS’]
  • Blevins (2016) Word and Paradigm Morphology [‘B’]

Syllabus: PDF

Bibliography: PDF

Calendar: Li8 2017/18