Periphrastic (definition)

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A 'periphrastic' can be defined generally as the use of multiple words to express what could otherwise be stated using one word. More narrowly, a periphrastic often refers to a multi-word entry in a paradigm. Even more restrictive, a periphrastic is sometimes limited to referencing a verbal construction that must be inflectional.

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  • Booij, G. E., Christian Lehmann, Joachim Mugdan (2000). Morphology. (For a full discussion, refer to pages 654-664.)
  • Crystal, David. (1997) A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • Whaley, Lindsay (1997)Introduction to Typology: The Unity and Diversity of Language
  • entry in Wikipedia