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Title: Roots and Patterns
Subtitle: Hebrew morpho-syntax
Written By: Maya Arad
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 63
Description:

This book is simultaneously a theoretical study in morphosyntax and an
in-depth empirical study of Hebrew. Based on Hebrew data, the book defends
the status of the root as a lexical and phonological unit and argues that
roots, rather than verbs or nouns, are the primitives of word formation. A
central claim made throughout the book is the role of locality in word
formation, teasing apart word formation from roots and word formation from
existing words syntactically, semantically and phonologically.

The book focuses on Hebrew, a language with rich verb morphology, where
both roots and noun- and verb-creating morphology are morphologically
transparent. The study of Hebrew verbs is based on a corpus of all Hebrew
verb-creating roots, offering, for the first time, a survey of the full
array of morpho-syntactic forms seen in the Hebrew verb.

While the focus of this study is on how roots function in word-formation, a
central chapter studies the information encoded by the Hebrew root, arguing
for a special kind of open-ended value, bounded within the classes of
meaning analyzed by lexical semanticists.

The book is of wide interest to students of many branches of linguistics,
including morphology, syntax and lexical semantics, as well as of to
students of Semitic languages.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Hebrew
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1402032439
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 294
Prices: U.S. $ 139.00