Language Processing and Acquisition in Languages of Semitic, Root-based, Morphology

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Joseph Shimron
John Benjamins Publishing, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 392 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Are they really rootbased?
1
Semitic verb structure within a universal perspective
29
The verbal morphology of Maltese
61
The formation of Ethiopian Semitic internal reduplication
79
The role of the imperfective template in Arabic morphology
99
Arabic derivational ablaut processing strategies
115
Therootsof denominative Hebrew verbs
131
Opacity in Hebrew word morphology
147
When degree of semantic similarity influences morphological
187
What is a root?
201
Rootmorpheme processing during word recognition
223
Childrens lexical innovations
243
A developmental perspective on root perception in Hebrew
293
Computing argument structure
321
Empty subjects in Hebrew
363
Index of names
385

Lexical organization and lexical access in a nonconcatenated
165

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