The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology

The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology


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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology by Laurie Bauer, Rochelle Lieber, Ingo Plag

This volume presents a data-rich description of English inflection and word-formation. Based on large corpora including the Corpus of Contemporary American English and the British national Corpus, it is the first comprehensive treatment of contemporary English morphology that includes both inflection and word-formation. It covers not only well-studied topics such as compounding, conversion, and the inflection and derivation of nouns and verbs, but also areas that have received less scholarly attention, such as the formation of adjectives, locatives, negatives, evaluatives, neoclassical compounds and blends, among many other topics. Equal wieght is given to form and meaning. The volume also contains sections devoted to phonological and orthographics aspects of morphology and to combinatorial and paradigmatic properties of English morphology. It ends with a series of chapters that assess the implications of English morphology for morphological theory, discussing topics such as stratification, blocking and comprtition, the analysis of conversion, and the relationship between inflection and derivation.

Winner of the 2015 Bloomfield Book Award and written by three outstanding scholars, this outstanding book will interest all scholars and students of English and of linguistic morphology more generally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198747062
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 720
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Laurie Bauer is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. His books include English Word-formation (CUP 1983), Introducing Linguistic Morphology (2nd edn EUP 2003), Morphological Productivity (CUP 2001) and A Glossary of Morphology (EUP 2004). He is one of the editors of the journal Word Structure.

Rochelle Lieber is Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Hampshire and author of Deconstructing Morphology (Chicago 1992), Morphology and Lexical Semantics (CUP 2004), and Introducing Morphology (CUP 2009). She is co-editor with Pavol Stekauer of the Oxford Handbooks of Compounding and Derivational Morphology (OUP 2009 and 2013).
Ingo Plag is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the Heinrich-Heine-Universitat, Dusseldorf. His books include Morphological Productivity (Mouton de Gruyter 1999), Word-formation in English (CUP 2003), and Introduction of English Linguistics (with co-authors, Mouton de Gruyter 2009). He is co-editor of the journal Morphology.

Table of Contents

Part I - Introduction
1. Aims and Structures
2. Basic principles: terminology
3. Basic principles: methods
4. Orthography
Part II - Inflection
5. Verb inflection
6. Adjective and adverb inflection
7. Noun inflection
8. Function words: pronouns, determiners, wh-forms, deictics
Part III - Derivation
9. Derivation: phonological considerations
10. Derived nouns: event, state, result
11. Derived nouns: personal and participant
12. Derived nouns: quality, collective, and other abstracts
13. Derived verbs
14. Derived adjectives
15. Derived adverbs
16. Locatives of time and space
17. Negatives
18. Size, quantity, and attitude
Part IV Compounding
19. Compounds: formal considerations
20. Compounds: semantic considerations
Part V Interaction
21. Combination of affixes
22. Affixation on compounds and phrases
23. Paradigmatic processes
Part VI Themes
24. Inflection versus derivation
25. The analysis and limits of conversion
26. Blocking, competition, and productivity
27. The nature of stratification
28. English morphology in a typological perspective
29. English morphology and theories of morphology
Index of affixes and other formatives
Index of names
Index of subjects

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