Date: 10-Jun-2006 From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org> Subject: Form and Meaning in Word Formation: Botha
Title: Form and Meaning in Word Formation
Subtitle: A Study of Afrikaans Reduplication
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Rudolf P. Botha
Hardback: ISBN: 0521352606 Pages: 197 Price: U.S. $ 75.00 Comment: Temporarily unavailable
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This study of reduplication in Afrikaans provides a unified and principled analysis of an unusual and highly complex word formation process, shedding new light on the scope and content of various fundamental lexicalist principles of word formation. Surprisingly, Rudolf Botha concludes that the principles involved in Afrikaans reduplication are not unique to Afrikaans, as has often been thought, and are used by many other languages. Moreover, the interpretation of Afrikaans reduplications depends on principles of conceptual structure that are restricted neither to Afrikaans nor to the interpretation of reduplications, thus supporting recent work on cognition and meaning undertaken by Ray Jackendoff and other scholars.
In analysing the data, Professor Botha has also provided a concrete illustration of how the Galilean style of linguistic inquiry can fruitfully be applied in the study of word formation and meaning. The study thus represents an important theoretical and methodological advance which will be of as much interest for its method of inquiry and argumentation as for the fresh insights it provides for scholars and researchers in the fields of morphology, word formation and semantics.