The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology

The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology

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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.
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  • Paperback | 720 pages
  • 175 x 248 x 36mm | 1,172g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • one figure
  • 0198747063
  • 9780198747062
  • 1,145,801

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It will be unputdownable for a considerable time to anyone interested in 'words', how they yield to and defy morphological analysis, and how their incredible range of properties can be classified and commented upon by dyed-in-the-wool morphologists, employing 'modern' ways of data collecting. * Wim Zonneveld, Journal of Linguistics * The depth and the amount of research that has gone into this work are impressive. The care and thoroughness with which the authors present the corpus-based data are exemplary, and their decision to downplay theory while including copious helpful references to a wide number of synchronic approaches is commendable. This work will be of value to scholars of all sorts who study English, providing analytical bases for later work, data for classroom problems, and rich
material for browsing. It is also a fine example of international collaboration between leading morphologists from three continents. * Bloomfield Award Citation, The Linguistic Society of America * This impressive volume will, for years to come, be an indispensable tool for researchers on English morphology. * Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, Morphology *
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About Laurie Bauer

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.
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