LINGUIST List 10.642

Sat May 1 1999

Books: Morphology

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  1. Lisa Natascha Barrett, Plag, Morphological Productivity (Topics in English Linguistics 28)

Message 1: Plag, Morphological Productivity (Topics in English Linguistics 28)

Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1999 14:27:27 +0200
From: Lisa Natascha Barrett <>
Subject: Plag, Morphological Productivity (Topics in English Linguistics 28)

NEW from Mouton de Gruyter

PLAG, INGO: Morphological Productivity: Structural Constraints in
English Derivation
1999. 23.0 x 15.5 cm. x, 290 p.
Hardcover. DM 198,-- / \246S 1445,-- / sFr 176,-- / approx. US$ 124.00.
ISBN 3-11-015833-7
(Topics in English Linguistics, 28)

Subject areas: Phonetik, Phonologie, Prosodie, Morphologie, Semantik

This book deals with one of the central problems for theories of
word-formation, the productivity of morphological processes. A broad
range of English derivational affixes are investigated, making use of
recent innovations in lexicography, quantitive corpus linguistics,
Optimality Theory and Lexical Conceptual Semantics. It is argued that
the productivity of a given affix and its combinability with other
affixes are primarily the result of its individual structural properties
(phonological, morphological and semantic), and not due to more general
mechanisms of the various kinds proposed, for example, by proponents of
Lexical Phonology/ Morphology or Lexeme-Morpheme-Base Morphology.

Table of Contents: Preface \176 Abbreviations and symbols \176 1. Introduction
\176 2. Productivity: Definitions and measurements \176 3. Restrictions on
productivity \176 4. The combinability of derivational suffixes \176 5. Rival
morphological processes 1: The productivity of verb-deriving processes \176
6. Rival morphological processes 2: The structural properties of -ize
derivatives \176 7. Rival morphological processes 3: The structural
properties of other verb-deriving processes \176 8. Rival morphological
processes 4: Where have all the rivals gone? \176 9. Conclusion \176
References \176 Appendix 1: 20th century neologisms from the OED \176 Appendix
2: Hapax legomena from the Cobuild corpus \176 Author index \176 Subject index
\176 Affix index

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