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LINGUIST List 18.2888

Thu Oct 04 2007

Books: Linguistic Theories/Morphology: Bhattacharja

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Word Formation in Bengali: Bhattacharja


Message 1: Word Formation in Bengali: Bhattacharja
Date: 24-Sep-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Word Formation in Bengali: Bhattacharja
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Title: Word Formation in Bengali
Subtitle: A Whole Word Morphological Description and its Theoretical Implications
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Indo-European Linguistics 36
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Shishir Bhattacharja
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895863561 Pages: 480 Price: Europe EURO 80.00
Abstract:

This book has two agendas:(i) it presents a morphological description of
Bengali, an Indo-European language spoken in South Asia and eventually (ii)
examines whether the Whole Word Morphological theory (WWM) developed by
Alan Ford & Rajendra Singh of the University of Montreal is an adequate
model for such descriptions.

WWM claims that words do not have any internal hierarchical structure.
Implicitly, units smaller than word (such as stem or affix) cannot exist
and there is no need for multiple morphology like compounding, derivation,
inflection or reduplication. A typical WWM view is that a good number of
words of some lexicon are formally and/or categorically different and
semantically related to each other. Whenever there exist at least two pairs
of words based on the same formal difference, categorical affiliation and
semantic relatedness, a particular (morphological) strategy becomes part of
the morphological module of the speaker-hearer.This book, for instance,
presents a morphological profile of Bengali constituted of the different
aspects of its word-formation on the basis of a list of around 1200
strategies and in consequence shows that WWM is an adequate model for
morphological description in general.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Morphology

Subject Language(s): Bengali (ben)

Written In: English (eng )

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