An Introduction to English Morphology: Words and Their Structure

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Edinburgh University Press, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 151 pages
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What exactly are words? Are they the things that get listed in dictionaries, or are they the basic units of sentence structure? Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy explores the implications of these different approaches to words in English. He explains the various ways in which words are related to one another, and shows how the history of the English language has affected word structure.Topics include: words, sentences and dictionaries; a word and its parts (roots and affixes); a word and its forms (inflection); a word and its relatives (derivation); compound words; word structure; productivity; and the historical sources of English word formation. Features: * presupposes no linguistic training * aimed at students of English (literature or language) and also provides a sound basis for further linguistic study * contains ample exercise material, with answers and discussion, which can serve as models for further exercises
 

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Contents

roots affixes and their shapes
16
inflection
28
derivation
44
Compound words blends and phrasal words
59
A word and its structure
71
The historical sources of English word formation
100
words in English and in languages generally
114
Discussion of the exercises
120
Glossary
141
References
148
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Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy is Tutor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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