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Title: Form and Meaning in Word Formation
Subtitle: A Study of Afrikaans Reduplication
Written By: Rudolf Botha
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

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.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): Afrikaans
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521352606
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 197
Prices: U.S. $ 75.00

Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052102613X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 197
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99
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