The Handbook of Morphology


Interest in morphology has undergone rapid growth over the past two decades and the area is now seen as crucially important, both in relation to other aspects of grammar and in relation to other disciplines.

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Interest in morphology has undergone rapid growth over the past two decades and the area is now seen as crucially important, both in relation to other aspects of grammar and in relation to other disciplines.

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"I'm enormously impressed by the scope and depth of The Handbookof Morphology. The coverage is broadly inclusive, withoutsacrificing depth in the discussion of individual issues. The rangeof topics covered shows us just how far the study of words, theirforms and their structures has penetrated into the core oflinguistics since the 1960s, when many thought there was nodistinct content to morphology, and everything interesting waseither syntax or phonology." Stephen R. Anderson, YaleUniversity

"Its range is outstanding. Every chapterprovides new insights and challenges. I think that, like itscompanion volume, The Handbook of Phonological Theory, it isdestined to become a standard reference in its field." LaurieBauer, Victoria University of Wellington

"The Handbook of Morphology, edited by two outstandingmorphologists, will be much appreciated by the linguistic communityat large. It will serve as a guide for graduate students inlinguistics, and for all those researchers who need a reliablesurvey of current issues and insights in morphology ... Spencer andZwicky should be thanked for having created such a fine researchtool for Linguistics." Geert Booij, Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdam

"This impressive volume is the first handbook of morphology.It's pioneering status is confirmed by an unprecedented range oftopics, not to be found in any existing monograph in the domain ofmorphology ... I do not know any other book which offers such easyaccess to all the basics of modern morphology and to such a widevariety of topics." W.U. Dressler, University ofVienna

"Strongly theoretic, the handbook is none the less pleasinglyrich in carefully explored data, and fits in well with the othervolumes in the series of Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics"Forum for Modern Language Skills, Vol 39, 2003

Mostly US linguists, but also some from other English-speaking countries, the Netherlands, and Israel look at the phenomena of word structure, morphology and grammar, theoretical issues, morphology in a wider setting, and morphological sketches of individual languages. The ten languages represent as many language families, among them Caucasian-Daghestanian, East Cushite, and Australian-Pama-Nyungan. The reference is for graduate students and researchers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Andrew Spencer is Professor of Linguistics at the Universityof Essex. He has published on the theory of morphophonology and ona variety of topics in morphology. He is currently working onargument structure alternations in Russian verb classes and theirnominalizations. He is author of two textbooks, MorphologicalTheory and Phonology (both published by BlackwellPublishers).

Arnold M. Zwicky is Professor of Linguistics at StanfordUniversity and Ohio State University. He has published in all themajor linguistics journals, with contributions to the fields ofphonology, morphology, syntax and, perhaps most notably, theinterrelations between these domains. He is particularly well-knownfor his contributions to morphophonological theory, inflectionalmorphology, and the theory of clitics. His first essays on cliticstwenty years ago stimulated a flurry of research from a variety ofscholars in what continues to be an important and developing area.In addition, he has edited a variety of collections on specificthemes, including most recently serial verbs and second positionclitics (with A. Halpern).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

List of Abbreviations.

Introduction (Andrew Spencer and Arnold M. Zwicky.

Part I: The Phenomena.

1. Inflection (Gregory T. Stump).

2. Derivation (Robert Beard).

3. Compounding (Nigel Fabb).

4. Incorporation (Donna B. Gerdts).

5. Clitics (Aaron L. Halpern).

6. Morphophonological Operations (Andrew Spencer).

7. Phonological Constraints on Morphological Rules (AndrewCarstairs-McCarthy).

Part II: Morphology and Grammar.

8. Morphology and Syntax (Hagit Borer).

9. Morphology and Agreement (Greville G. Corbett).

10. Morphology and Argument Structure (Louisa Sadler and AndrewSpencer).

11. Morphology and the Lexicon: Lexicalization and Productivity(Mark Aronoff and Frank Anshen).

12. Morphology and Lexical Semantics (Beth Levin and MalkaRappaport Hovav).

13. Morphology and Pragmatics (Ferenc Kiefer).

Part III: Theoretical Issues.

14. Prosodic Morphology: (John J. McCarthy and Alan S.Prince).

15. Word Syntax (Jindrich Toman).

16. Paradigmatic Structure: Inflectional Paradigms andMorphological Classes (Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy).

17. Morphology as Component or Module: Mapping PrincipleApproaches (Richard Sproat).

Part IV: Morphology in a Wider Setting.

18. Diachronic Morphology (Brian D. Joseph).

19. Morphology and Language Acquisition (Eve V. Clark).

20. Morphology and Aphasia (William Badecker and AlfonsoCaramazza).

21. Morphology and Word Recognition (James M. McQueen and AnneCutler).

22. Morphology in Language Production with Special Reference toConnectionism (Joseph Paul Stemberger).

Part V: Morphological Sketches of IndividualLanguages.

23. Archi (Caucasian - Daghestanian (Aleksandr E. Kibrik).

24. Celtic (Indo-European) (James Fife and Gareth King).

25. Chichewa (Bantu) (Sam A. Mchombo).

26. Chukchee (Paleo-Siberian) (Irina A Muravyova).

27. Hua (Papuan) (John Haiman).

28. Malagasy (Austronesian) (Edward L. Keenan and MariaPolinsky).

29. Qafar (East Cushitic) (Richard J. Hayward).

30. Slave (Northern Athapaskan) (Keren Rice).

31. Wari (Amazonian) (Daniel L. Everett).

32. Warumungu (Australian - Pama - Nyungan) (Jane Simpson).


Subject Index.

Author Index.

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