Lexical Relatedness

Hardcover | October 19, 2013

byAndrew Spencer

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This book argues (a) that there is no principled way to distinguish inflection and derivation and (b) that this fatally undermines conventional approaches to morphology. Conceptual shortcomings in the relation between derivational and lexically-derived word forms, Andrew Spencer suggests, callinto question the foundation of the inferential-derivational approach. Prototypical instances of inflection and derivation are separated by a host of intermediate types of lexical relatedness, some discussed in the literature, others ignored. Far from finding these an embarrassment Professor Spencer deploys the wealth of types of relatedness in a variety of languages(including Slavic, Uralic, Australian, Germanic, and Romance) to develop an enriched and morphologically-informed model of the lexical entry. He then uses this to build the foundations for a model of lexical relatedness that is consistent with paradigm-based models. Lexical Relatedness is a profound and stimulating book. It will interest all morphologists, lexicographers, and theoretical linguists more generally.

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This book argues (a) that there is no principled way to distinguish inflection and derivation and (b) that this fatally undermines conventional approaches to morphology. Conceptual shortcomings in the relation between derivational and lexically-derived word forms, Andrew Spencer suggests, callinto question the foundation of the inferen...

Andrew Spencer is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Essex. His publications include The Handbook of Morphology, (1998, co-edited with Arnold Zwicky), Phonology: Description and Analysis (1996), and Morphological Theory (1991), all published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199679924

ISBN - 13:9780199679928

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Words and paradigms2. The lexical entry3. Lexical relatedness4. Paradigm Function Morphology5. Lexical entries and the generalized paradigm function6. Representing lexical relatedness7. The form and function of argument structure representations8. Further instances of transposition9. Lexical relatedness in Selkup10. ConclusionsReferencesIndex