Morphology and Lexical Semantics by Rochelle LieberMorphology and Lexical Semantics by Rochelle Lieber

Morphology and Lexical Semantics

byRochelle Lieber

Paperback | January 18, 2009

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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.
Title:Morphology and Lexical SemanticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:January 18, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521100437

ISBN - 13:9780521100434


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Features; 2. Co-indexation; 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; References; Index.

Editorial 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