Forthcoming: Mauritian verb morphology at linguistic interfaces
This volume addresses the phenomenon of verb alternation in Mauritian, a French-based creole spoken on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, detailing for the first time their complex distribution as used in lexeme-formation, in syntax and in the encoding of information-structural relations. Mauritian long and short verb forms, hitherto considered purely phonological, is here analyzed as a purely morphological alternation, that is, one which despite being neither phonologically predictable nor featurally coherent is unquestionably systemic. The analysis appeals to empirical evidence that the author mostly collected herself, covering among other types of contributions, sociohistorical factors, diachronic sources, lexical databases and corpora, to provide a comprehensive account of the reorganization of the lexifier’s verb system and its subsequent exaptation in Mauritian. In the process, Fabiola Henri offers a novel perspective of morphological change and complexity in creoles using insights from implicative word and paradigm approaches to morphology.