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Morpho-Lexical Alternation in Noun Formation
 
 
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14 Feb 2008
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Morpho-Lexical Alternation in Noun Formation proposes a novel analysis of the structure of complex nouns in English, placing the focus on noun pairs that share single roots but end in different suffixes such as dispersal/dispersion, emergence/emergency, citizenship/citizenry, tipper/tipster, etc. To achieve this mission, the author combines two aspects of language: derivation and usage. With regard to derivation, the book serves to acquaint the readers with the ways in which nouns are formed by means of suffixes. Based on tenets of Cognitive Semantics, the book describes the nominal suffixes as (i) exhibiting multiple senses, (ii) displaying distinct uses, and (iii) reflecting discrete conceptualisations. With reference to usage, the book serves to familiarise readers with the ways in which the noun pairs are actually used. Based on axioms of Usage-based Linguistics, the book depicts the noun pairs as (i) occurring in disparate contexts, and (ii) accompanying distinguishable collocations.

Morpho-Lexical Alternation in Noun Formation

- integrates theoretical and empirical methods in language analysis
- reveals the peculiarities of the suffixes by grouping them into sets
- discloses the differences between noun pairs by using collocations
- bases the analysis on actual data driven from the BNC and the Web
- employs an accessible style and clear artwork to fulfil its objectives
 
 


Description

Morpho-Lexical Alternation in Noun Formation proposes a novel analysis of the structure of complex nouns in English, placing the focus on noun pairs that share single roots but end in different suffixes such as dispersal/dispersion, emergence/emergency, citizenship/citizenry, tipper/tipster, etc. To achieve this mission, the author combines two aspects of language: derivation and usage. With regard to derivation, the book serves to acquaint the readers with the ways in which nouns are formed by means of suffixes. Based on tenets of Cognitive Semantics, the book describes the nominal suffixes as (i) exhibiting multiple senses, (ii) displaying distinct uses, and (iii) reflecting discrete conceptualisations. With reference to usage, the book serves to familiarise readers with the ways in which the noun pairs are actually used. Based on axioms of Usage-based Linguistics, the book depicts the noun pairs as (i) occurring in disparate contexts, and (ii) accompanying distinguishable collocations.

Morpho-Lexical Alternation in Noun Formation

- integrates theoretical and empirical methods in language analysis
- reveals the peculiarities of the suffixes by grouping them into sets
- discloses the differences between noun pairs by using collocations
- bases the analysis on actual data driven from the BNC and the Web
- employs an accessible style and clear artwork to fulfil its objectives
 
 


Contents

Preface
List of Figures
List of Tables
Nominalisation
De-verbal Nominalisers
De-adjectival Nominalisers
De-nominal Nominalisers
Agent-forming Nominalisers
Conclusions
References
Index


Authors

ZEKI HAMAWAND is a specialist in Cognitive Linguistics at University of Hamburg, Germany. His previous publications include Atemporal Complement Clauses in English: A Cognitive Grammar Analysis (2002) and Suffixal Rivalry in Adjective Formation: A Cognitive-Corpus Analysis (2007). In addition, he has published a number of refereed articles in international journals.