Jenny Audring is a linguist with a special interest in morphology and typology. Her recent research, for which she received a Veni grant from NWO, focusses on the complexity and learnability of grammatical gender. The author is a University Lecturer in the BA program German language and culture and the MA Linguistics.
Most morphological theories are concerned with possible words, just the way (generative) syntactic theories focus on possible sentence structures. This talk takes a different perspective and discusses *existing* words, in particular those that – for some reason or another – fall outside the active generative capacity. These are words like English hapless or laughter, whose building blocks are not independently available (*hap, *-ter), or whose structural pattern is synchronically unproductive (e.g. [X-le]V as in crumble, nestle or handle). Such words combine regularity and idiosyncrasy and therefore fall between all stools: between phonology and morphology, between lexicon and grammar, between storage and computation. Hence, they pose interesting theoretical challenges, which will be discussed with the help of a new approach, Relational Morphology (Jackendoff & Audring 2020).