LINGUIST List 16.1148

Mon Apr 11 2005

Books: Morphology/Psycholing/Semantics: Stekauer

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Message 1: Meaning Predictability in Word Formation: Stekauer

Date: 08-Apr-2005
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Meaning Predictability in Word Formation: Stekauer

Title: Meaning Predictability in Word Formation
Subtitle: Novel, context-free naming units
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 54

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL:

Author: Pavol Štekauer, Pavol Prešov University

Hardback: ISBN: 1588116336 Pages: xxii, 289 Price: U.S. $ 144.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027215634 Pages: xxii, 289 Price: Europe EURO 120.00


This book aims to contribute to a growing interest amongst psycholinguists
and morphologists in the mechanisms of meaning predictability. It presents
a brand-new model of the meaning-prediction of novel, context-free naming
units, relating the wordformation and wordinterpretation processes. Unlike
previous studies, mostly focussed on N+N compounds, the scope of this book
is much wider. It not only covers all types of complex words, but also
discusses a whole range of predictability-boosting and -reducing
conditions. Two measures are introduced, the Predictability Rate and the
Objectified Predictability Rate, in order to compare the strength of
predictable readings both within a word and relative to the most
predictable readings of other coinages. Four extensive experiments indicate
inter alia the equal predicting capacity of native and non-native speakers,
the close interconnection between linguistic and extra-linguistic factors,
the important role of prototypical semes, and the usual dominance of a
single central reading.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements xi
List of Abbreviations xiii
Introduction xv-xxiii
1. Literature survey 1-42
2. General word formation framework 43-54
3. A theory of predictability 55-98
4. The Experiments 99-240
5. Conclusions 241-263
Notes 265-273
References 275-282
Author Index 283-284
Subject Index 285-288

"This book is an admirable achievement in providing its readers with an
exemplary combination of theoretical and extensive empirical, experimental
research. It definitely represents a model for a modern, cutting-edge,
non-ideological approach to a central area of the semantics and productive
WF of English vocabulary and dynamic lexicology generally, from a
realistic, cognitive and dynamic perspective which can easily be applied to
other languages as well. It is rooted in the best tradition of modern
European and American linguistics in which theoretical hypotheses and
postulates are objectively verified in linguistic reality and its function
as NUs."
Leonhard Lipka, University of Munich

"Stekauer's book is a highly interesting and original contribution to
questions dealing with meaning predictability and word formation. The book
is very well-written and provides an excellent and detailed overview of the
relevant literature. Stekauers' approach will certainly stimulate new
research in the field. The book will attract readers with an interest in
such different fields as morphology, lexical semantics, cognitive
linguistics, psycholinguistics and pragmatics."
Jan Don, University of Amsterdam

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (ENG)

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