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Word-Formation in English

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  • Author: Ingo Plag, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
  • Date Published: August 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107172098
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  • This book is the second edition of a highly successful introduction to the study of word-formation, that is, the ways in which new words are built on the bases of other words (e.g. happy - happy-ness), focusing on English. The book's didactic aim is to enable students with little or no prior linguistic knowledge to do their own practical analyses of complex words. Readers are familiarized with the necessary methodological tools to obtain and analyze relevant data and are shown how to relate their findings to theoretical problems and debates. The second edition incorporates new developments in morphology at both the methodological and the theoretical level. It introduces the use of new corpora and data bases, acquaints the reader with state-of-the-art computational algorithms modeling morphology, and brings in current debates and theories.

    • Fully updated to account for important new empirical findings and theoretical developments in the field over the past fifteen years
    • Chapters 3 and 4 have been revised to include new information on methodological tools and their implementation
    • New references are provided to online sources such as the Oxford English Dictionary and the Corpus of Contemporary American English, as well as a range of other new databases and websites
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    08th Jan 2019 by TaufanAbdi

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107172098
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 178 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus. 36 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the first edition
    Preface to the second edition
    Abbreviations and notational conventions
    Introduction: what this book is about and how it can be used
    1. Basic concepts
    1.1. What is a word?
    1.2. Studying word-formation
    1.3. Inflection and derivation
    1.4. Summary
    Further reading
    2. Studying complex words
    2.1. Identifying morphemes
    2.1.1. The morpheme as the minimal linguistic sign
    2.1.2. Problems with the morpheme: the mapping of form and meaning
    2.2. Allomorphy
    2.3. Establishing word-formation rules
    2.4. Multiple affixation and compounding
    2.5. Summary
    Further reading
    3. Productivity and the mental lexicon
    3.1. Introduction: what is productivity?
    3.2. Possible and actual words
    3.3. Complex words in the lexicon
    3.4. Measuring productivity
    3.5. Constraining productivity
    3.5.1. Pragmatic restrictions
    3.5.2. Structural restrictions
    3.5.3. Blocking
    3.6. Summary
    Further reading
    4. Affixation
    4.1. What is an affix?
    4.2. How to investigate affixes: more on methodology
    4.3. General properties of English affixation
    4.3.1. Phonological properties
    4.3.2. Morphological properties
    4.3.3. Semantic properties
    4.3.4. Classifying affixes
    4.4. Suffixes
    4.4.1. Nominal suffixes
    4.4.2. Verbal suffixes
    4.4.3. Adjectival suffixes
    4.4.4. Adverbial suffixes
    4.5. Prefixes
    4.6. Infixation
    4.7. Summary
    Further reading
    5. Derivation without affixation
    5.1. Conversion
    5.1.1. The directionality of conversion
    5.1.2. Conversion or zero-affixation?
    5.1.3. Conversion: syntactic or morphological?
    5.2. Prosodic morphology
    5.2.1. Truncations: truncated names, -y diminutives, and clippings
    5.2.2. Blends
    5.3. Abbreviations and acronyms
    5.4. Summary
    Further reading
    6. Compounding
    6.1. Recognising compounds
    6.1.1. What are compounds made of?
    6.1.2. More on the structure of compounds: the notion of head
    6.1.3. Canonical and non-canonical compounds
    6.1.4. Summary
    6.2. An inventory of compounding patterns
    6.3. Nominal compounds
    6.3.1. Headedness
    6.3.2. Interpreting nominal compounds
    6.3.3. Stress assignment
    6.4. Adjectival compounds
    6.5. Verbal compounds
    Neoclassical compounds
    6.7. Compounding: syntax or morphology?
    6.8. Summary
    Further reading
    7. Theoretical issues: modelling word-formation
    7.1. Introduction: why theory?
    7.2. Phonology-morphology interaction
    7.3. Affix ordering
    7.4. The nature of word-formation rules
    7.4.1. Morpheme-based morphology
    7.4.2. Word-based morphology
    7.4.3. Analogy
    7.4.4. Naive Discriminative Learning
    7.4.5. Summary
    Further reading
    Answer key to exercises
    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4
    Chapter 5
    Chapter 6
    Chapter 7

  • Author

    Ingo Plag, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
    Ingo Plag is Professor of English Linguistics at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. He has published extensively in various linguistics journals, is editor-in-chief of the journal Morphology and is a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals including English Language and Linguistics, the Journal of English Linguistics, the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, The Mental Lexicon and Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft. His most recent books are Introduction to English Linguistics (2015), The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology (2013), and Word Knowledge and Word Usage: A Cross-disciplinary Guide to the Mental Lexicon (forthcoming).

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