Paradigmatic derivation



This paper proposes a class of derivational processes that define derived stem forms of basic lexemes. Non-finite verbs and non-absolute adjectives are identified as examples of such derivational stems, as are the stems that underlie non-default plurals in Germanic. The paper indicates how this analysis avoids the difficulties encountered by inflectional treatments of this class of stems, and suggests a general reevaluation of the criteria that are applied to distinguish inflection from derivation.