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What is Morphology? is a concise and critical introduction to the central ideas of morphology, which has been revised and expanded to include additional material on morphological productivity and the mental lexicon, experimental and computational methods, and new teaching material. Introduces the fundamental aspects of morphology to students with minimal background in linguistics Includes additional material on morphological productivity and the mental lexicon, and experimental and computational methods Features new and revised exercises as well as suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter Equips students with the skills to analyze a wide breadth of classic morphological issues through engaging examples Uses cross-linguistic data throughout to illustrate concepts, specifically referencing Kujamaat Joola, a Senegalese language Includes a new answer key, available for instructors online
Mark Aronoff is Professor of Linguistics at Stony Brook University (SUNY). He is co-editor, with Janie Rees-Miller, of The Handbook of Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001), and served as editor of the journal Language from 1995 to 2000. Kirsten Fudeman is Professor of French at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Vernacular Voices: Language and Identity in Medieval French Jewish Communities (2010).
Table of Contents
Remarks on Transcription
The International Phonetic Alphabet
Thinking about Morphology and Morphological Analysis
What is Morphology?
Morphology in Action
Background and Beliefs
Introduction to Morphological Analysis
Introduction to Kujamaat Jóola
Words and Lexemes
What is a Word?
Empirical Tests for Wordhood
Types of Words
Inflection vs. Derivation
Two Approaches to Morphology: Item-and-Arrangement, Item-and-Process
Kujamaat Jóola Noun Classes
Morphology and Phonology
Primary and Secondary Affixes
Linguistic Exaptation, Leveling, and Analogy
Morphophonology and Secret Languages
Kujamaat Jóola Morphophonology
Derivation and the Lexicon
The Saussurean Sign
Motivation and Compositionality
Derivation and Structure
Derivation in Kujamaat Jóola
Derivation and Semantics
The Polysemy Problem
The Semantics of Derived Lexemes
Derivation and Verbs in Kujamaat Jóola
What is Inflection?
Inflection vs. Derivation
Inventory of Inflectional Morphology Types
Agreement in Kujamaat Jóola
Morphology and Syntax
Morphological vs. Syntactic Inflection
Structural Constraints on Morphological Inflection
Inflection and Universal Grammar
Grammatical Function Change
Kujamaat Jóola Verb Morphology
A Brief Survey of Kujamaat Jóola Syntax
Morphological Productivity and the Mental Lexicon
What is Morphological Productivity?
Productivity and Structure: Negative Prefixes in English
Degrees of Productivity
Salience and Productivity
The Mental Lexicon, Psycholinguistics, and Neurolinguistics
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