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Morphological Productivity by Laurie Bauer
Book DescriptionWhy are there more English words ending in -ness than ending in -ity? What is it about some endings that makes them more widely usable than others? Can we measure the differences in the facility with which the various affixes are used? Does the difference in facility reflect a difference in the way we treat words containing these affixes in the brain? These are the questions examined in this book. Morphological productivity has, over the centuries, been a major factor in providing the huge vocabulary of English and remains one of the most contested areas in the study of word-formation and structure. This book takes an eclectic approach to the topic, applying the findings for morphology to syntax and phonology. Bringing together the results of twenty years' work in the field, it provides new insights and considers a wide range of linguistic and psycholinguistic evidence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521792387
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Laurie Bauer
Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology, Paperback (August 2015)
The first comprehensive description of English word formation covers inflection and derivation, compounding, conversion, and minor processes such as subtractive morphology. It combines theory-neutral presentation of data with theoretically informed analysis. Winner of the 2015 Bloomfield Book Award and written by three outstanding scholars.
Beginning Linguistics, Hardback (May 2012)
This introduction to linguistics for the absolute beginner focuses on the core topics of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Theoretically-neutral, each essential topic is covered in depth and the author's engaging style encourages interaction from students by using regular short questions to check comprehension.
Linguistics Student's Handbook, Hardback (April 2007)
A compendium of useful things for linguistics students to know, from the IPA chart to the Saussurean dichotomies, this book will be the constant companion of anyone undertaking studies of linguistics.
Language Matters, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Laurie Bauer
Provides a non-technical introduction to the study of language. This work focuses on questions such as: Where does language come from? Why don't we all talk the same? Who needs grammar? Pitched at a level which is suitable for students with no experience of linguistics, it offers an introduction to language approaches.
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Author Biography - Laurie Bauer
Laurie Bauer is Professor of Linguistics at the Victoria University of Wellington.
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