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Title: Morphology and Lexical Semantics
Written By: Rochelle Lieber
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521831710
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 104
Description:

Morphology and Lexical Semantics explores the meanings of morphemes and how
they combine to form the meanings of complex words, including derived words
(writer, unionize), compounds (dog bed, truck driver), and words formed by
conversion. Rochelle Lieber discusses the lexical semantics of word
formation in a systematic way, allowing the reader to explore the nature of
affixal polysemy, the reasons why there are multiple affixes with the same
function, and the issues of mismatch between form and meaning in word
formation. Using a series of case studies from English, this book develops
and justifies the theoretical apparatus necessary for raising and answering
many questions about the semantics of word formation. Distinguishing
between a lexical semantic skeleton that is featural and hierarchically
organized, and a lexical semantic body that is holistic, it shows how the
semantics of word formation has a paradigmatic character.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Semantics
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521831717
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 206
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