Title: Word Formation in Bengali
Subtitle: A Whole Word Morphological Description and its Theoretical Implications
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Indo-European Linguistics 36
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Shishir Bhattacharja
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895863561 Pages: 480 Price: Europe EURO 80.00
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.