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Exploring the meanings of morphemes and how they combine to form the meanings of complex words, this book examines derived words (writer, unionize), compounds (dog bed, truck driver), and words formed by conversion. Using a series of case studies from English, Rochelle Lieber analyzes the lexical semantics of word formation in a systematic way. The reader is able to explore the nature of affixal polysemy--the reasons why there are multiple affixes with the same function, and the issues of mismatch between form and meaning in word formation.
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'… the author does not evade some of the most complex issues in current morphology, such as polysemy, the multiple-affix question, conversion/zero-derivation, or semantic mismatches in derivation. These are confronted and answered in turn with a step-by-step style that helps the reader being aware of where they are standing at every moment … includes a comprehensive list of references as well as an index with entries for authors, subjects, and languages, and is undoubtedly a recommendable reference for modern linguistics.' Canadian Journal of LinguisticsSee more reviews
'… this monograph provides a very interesting and useful framework. Perhaps the greatest value of this book is that it shows that semantics is essential for a proper theory of word formation. To give just one example, the relisting-analysis for conversion is highly convincing because of its very simple semantic motivation. Morphology and Lexical Semantics is a highly valuable book, which is very stimulating for further discussion and research.' Linguist List
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- Date Published: August 2004
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521831710
- length: 208 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.471kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
3. The semantics of verb formation
4. Extending the system - location
5. Extending the system - quantity
6. Combinability and the correspondence between form and meaning
7. Looking back, looking forward
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