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Title: Lexical Plurals
Subtitle: A Morphosemantic Approach
Written By: Paolo Acquaviva
URL: http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199534227
Description:

This book explores the wide variety of cases in which the plural of nouns
is lexical. When a plural is lexicalized it becomes part of what it is to
know a certain word: pence, for example, is lexical because it means a
plurality of a certain kind - a multiple value, not a set of physical
objects like pennies - and knowing this reading is knowing the word.
Languages exhibit countless examples of similar word-dependent
irregularities in the form and meaning of plural, but these have never been
analyzed in depth from a unified perspective. Dr Acquaviva aims to do just
that, using analytic tools from formal semantics and theoretical morphology
to shed light on the relation between grammar and the lexicon. After an
introduction setting out his approach he divides the book into two parts.
The first gives a structured description of the ways plurality can be
lexicalized with an emphasis on description and categorization. The second
analyzes in depth different types of lexical plurals in Italian, Irish,
Arabic and Breton. A final chapter spells out the theoretical consequences
for the analysis of the lexicon. The book is unusual in combining a broad
typological classification with a unified morphological and semantic
analysis based on a formal framework.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199534217
ISBN-13: 9780199534210
Pages: 312
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199534225
ISBN-13: 9780199534227
Pages: 312
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199534217
ISBN-13: 9780199534210
Pages: 312
Prices: U.S. $ 120.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0199534225
ISBN-13: 9780199534227
Pages: 312
Prices: U.S. $ 45.00