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Tue May 20 2003

Books: Lang Acquisition/Morph, Semitic: Shimron (ed)

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Title: Language Processing and Acquisition in Languages of Semitic,
 Root-Based, Morphology
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 28
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Editor: Joseph Shimron, University of Haifa 
Hardback: ISBN: 1588112349, Pages: vi, 394 pp., Price: USD 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 902722496X, Pages: vi, 394 pp., Price: EUR 110.00

This book puts together contributions of linguists and psycholinguists
whose main interest here is the representation of Semitic words in the
mental lexicon of Semitic language speakers. The central topic of the
book confronts two views about the morphology of Semitic words. The
point of the argument is: Should we see Semitic words' morphology as
"root-based" or "word-based?" The proponents of the root-based
approach, present empirical evidence demonstrating that Semitic
language speakers are sensitive to the root and the template as the
two basic elements (bound morphemes) of Semitic words. Those
supporting the word-based approach, present arguments to the effect
that Semitic word formation is not based on the merging of roots and
templates, but that Semitic words are comprised of word stems and
affixes like we find in Indo-European languages. The variety of
evidence and arguments for each claim should force the interested
readers to reconsider their views on Semitic morphology.

Table of contents

1. Semitic languages: Are they really root-based? 
 Joseph Shimron 1-28 
2. Semitic verb structure within a universal perspective 
 Outi Bat-El 29-59 
3. The verbal morphology of Maltese 
 Robert D. Hoberman and Mark Aronoff 61-78 
4. The formation of Ethiopian Semitic internal reduplication 
 Sharon Rose 79-97 
5. The role of the imperfective template in Arabic morphology 
 Elabbas Benmamoun 99-114 
6. Arabic derivational ablaut, processing strategies, and consonantal
 Jeffrey G. Heath 115-129 
7. The 'roots' of denominative Hebrew verbs 
 Shmuel Bolozky 131-146 
8. Opacity in Hebrew word morphology 
 Ora (Rodrigue) Schwarzwald 147-163 
9. Lexical organization and lexical access in a non-concatenated
 Avital Deutsch and Ram Frost 165-186 
10. When degree of semantic similarity influences morphological
 Laurie Beth Feldman and Michal Raveh 187-200 
11. What is a root? Evidence from the obligatory contour principle 
 Iris Berent and Joseph Shimron 201-222 
12. Root-morpheme processing during word recognition in Hebrew
 speakers across the adult life span
 Mira Goral and Loraine K. Obler 223-242 
13. Children's lexical innovations: Developmental perspectives on
 Hebrew verb structure
 Ruth A. Berman 243-291 
14. A developmental perspective on root perception in Hebrew and
 Palestinian Arabic
 Dorit Ravid 293-319 
15. Computing argument structure: The early grammar 
 Hagit Borer 321-362 
16. 'Empty' subjects in Hebrew: A developmental perspective 
 Yonata Levy and Anne Vainikka 363-384 
Index of names 385-388 
Index of subjects 389-392

Lingfield(s): Language Acquisition
Language Family(ies): Afroasiatic

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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