These are papers which had a profound effect on my linguistic career. The first was brought to my attention shortly after I began work on my Compendium of Syntactical Transformations, the 6-volume opus in which I exhaustively document the processes by which the grammar of any language may be equated to that of any other language.1,2 It focussed my attention, in a somewhat unwelcome way, on a question with which I had been struggling
It was therefore with great relief that I read the work of Balderdash and Autolycus, which provided the whole phenomenon with, if not a sensible explanation, at least one that one could get away with trotting out at conferences. Between them, these papers confirmed me in the belief that morphology is merely a trivial surface phenomenon, unworthy of the attention of serious linguists.
1 Most usefully English.
2 Available from University of Ledworth press, price £149.99.
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