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Title: Language Processing and Acquisition in Languages of Semitic, Root-Based, Morphology
Edited By: Joseph Shimron
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LALD_28
Series Title: Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 28

This book puts together contributions of linguists and psycholinguists whose main interest here is the representation of Semitic words in the mental lexicon of Semitic language speakers. The central topic of the book confronts two views about the morphology of Semitic words. The point of the argument is: Should we see Semitic words’ morphology as “root-based” or “word-based?” The proponents of the root-based approach, present empirical evidence demonstrating that Semitic language speakers are sensitive to the root and the template as the two basic elements (bound morphemes) of Semitic words. Those supporting the word-based approach, present arguments to the effect that Semitic word formation is not based on the merging of roots and templates, but that Semitic words are comprised of word stems and affixes like we find in Indo-European languages. The variety of evidence and arguments for each claim should force the interested readers to reconsider their views on Semitic morphology.

Table of contents

1. Semitic languages: Are they really root-based?
Joseph Shimron 1–28
2. Semitic verb structure within a universal perspective
Outi Bat-El 29–59
3. The verbal morphology of Maltese
Robert D. Hoberman and Mark Aronoff 61–78
4. The formation of Ethiopian Semitic internal reduplication
Sharon Rose 79–97
5. The role of the imperfective template in Arabic morphology
Elabbas Benmamoun 99–114
6. Arabic derivational ablaut, processing strategies, and consonantal “roots”
Jeffrey G. Heath 115–129
7. The ‘roots’ of denominative Hebrew verbs
Shmuel Bolozky 131–146
8. Opacity in Hebrew word morphology
Ora (Rodrigue) Schwarzwald 147–163
9. Lexical organization and lexical access in a non-concatenated morphology
Avital Deutsch and Ram Frost 165–186
10. When degree of semantic similarity influences morphological processing
Laurie Beth Feldman and Michal Raveh 187–200
11. What is a root? Evidence from the obligatory contour principle
Iris Berent and Joseph Shimron 201–222
12. Root-morpheme processing during word recognition in Hebrew speakers across the adult life span
Mira Goral and Loraine K. Obler 223–242
13. Children’s lexical innovations: Developmental perspectives on Hebrew verb structure
Ruth A. Berman 243–291
14. A developmental perspective on root perception in Hebrew and Palestinian Arabic
Dorit Ravid 293–319
15. Computing argument structure: The early grammar
Hagit Borer 321–362
16. ‘Empty’ subjects in Hebrew: A developmental perspective
Yonata Levy and Anne Vainikka 363–384
Index of names 385–388
Index of subjects 389–392

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112349
ISBN-13: 9781588112347
Pages: vi, 394 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 176
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902722496X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 394 pp.
Prices: EUR 110.00