A state-of-the-art survey of complex words, this volume brings together a team of leading international morphologists to demonstrate the wealth and breadth of the study of word-formation. Encompassing methodological, empirical and theoretical approaches, each chapter presents the results of cutting-edge research into linguistic complexity, including lexico-semantic aspects of complex words, the structure of complex words, and corpus-based case studies. Drawing on examples from a wide range of languages, it covers both general aspects of word-formation, and aspects specific to particular languages, such as English, French, Greek, Basque, Spanish, German and Slovak. Theoretical considerations are supported by a number of in-depth case studies focusing on the role of affixes, as well as word-formation processes such as compounding, affixation and conversion. Attention is also devoted to typological issues in word-formation. The book will be an invaluable resource for academic researchers and graduate students interested in morphology, linguistic typology and corpus linguistics.
Table of Contents
Introduction: advances in morphology: a summary Jan Don and Martin Everaert; Part I. Lexico-Semantic Aspects of Complex Words: 1. Formal semantics and the problem of nominalizations Rochelle Lieber; 2. Semantically subtractive morphology Stephen Anderson; 3. -less and –free Mark Aronoff; 4. Instrument Nouns in -one in Latin and Romance Franz Rainer; 5. Prominence in noun-to-verb conversion Heike Baeskow; 6. On Spanish dvandva and its restrictions Antonio Fábregas; Part II. Structure of Complex Words: 7. Estonian case inflection made simple. A case study in word and paradigm morphology with linear discriminative learning Yu-Ying Chuang, Kaidi Lõo, James P. Blevins, and R. Harald Baayen; 8. Uninflectedness: uninflecting, uninflectable, and uninflected words, or the complexity of the simplex Andrew Spencer; 9. Complex exponents Gregory Stump; 10. Derivational patterns in proto-basque word structure Juliette Blevins; 11. The complexity of greek verbal morphology: the case of prefixed verbs Artemis Alexiadou; 12. Affixoids, an intriguing intermediate category Angela Ralli; Part III. Corpus-Based Case Studies: 13. Competition between synthetic nn compounds and nn.GEN phrasal nouns in polish: semantic niches, hapax legomena and low-level construction schemas Bozena Cetnarowska; 14. An s is an s', or is it? Plural and genitive-plural are not homophonous Ingo Plag, Sonia Ben Hedia, Arne Lohmann, and Julia Zimmermann; 15. The role of word-formation families and subfamilies in the organisation of German diminutive compounds Wolfgang U. Dressler, Sonja Schwaiger, and Jutta Ransmayr; 16. Semantic patterns in noun-to-verb conversion in English Salvador Valera; 17. Onomatopoeia: on the crossroads of sound symbolism and word-formation Lívia Körtvélyessy, and Pavol Štekauer; 18. Dingsbums and thingy: placeholders for names in German and other languages Petra M. Vogel.