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Making New Words

Morphological Derivation in English

R. M. W Dixon

August 2014

ISBN: 9780198712374

470 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

In Stock

Price: £39.49

This book provides a detailed study of around 200 English prefixes and suffixes. Each affix is discussed in detail, with information on its origin, phonological form, stress placement, semantic range, and the roots it can be attached to. It will be a valuable text for those studying English language and linguistics from undergraduate level upwards

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This book provides a detailed study of around 200 English prefixes and suffixes. Each affix is discussed in detail, with information on its origin, phonological form, stress placement, semantic range, and the roots it can be attached to. It will be a valuable text for those studying English language and linguistics from undergraduate level upwards

  • Extensive empirical data from a variety of different sources
  • Clear and well-organized discussion of approximately 200 English affixes
  • Brings together questions of origin, phonological form, and semantics

About the Author(s)

R. M. W Dixon, Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the Language and Culture Centre, James Cook University

R. M. W. Dixon is Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University. He has published grammars of a number of Australian languages (including Dyirbal and Yidiñ), in addition to A Grammar of Boumaa Fijian (University of Chicago Press, 1988), The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia (OUP, 2004; paperback 2011) and A Semantic Approach to English Grammar (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is also the author of the three volume work Basic Linguistic Theory (OUP, 2010-12) and his book Edible Gender will be published by OUP in 2015.

Table of Contents

    1:Preliminaries
    2:How to make new words
    3:Criteria - affixes, semi-affixes, and compounds
    4:What we describe
    5: Un-expected, mis-judged, dis-organized counter-revolution: Making negative words
    6:Ultra-patriotic, extra-special, pre-election pseudo-promise: Keeping the same word class
    7:Be-feather, smart-en, em-power, beauti-fy, moral-ize: Making new verbs
    8:Moon-like, death-ly, angr-y, mysteri-ous, memor-able: Making new adjectives
    9:Eager-ness, bidd-ing, pay-ment, owner-ship, satisf-action: Making new nouns
    10:Carefully, sideways, homewards, crab-fashion: Making new adverbs
    11:Un-relent-less-ly de-west-ern-iz-ing non-mean-ing-ful infra-structures: Combining affixes
    12:Envoi: the way of words
    Appendix 1: List of adjective and verb semantic types, with sample members
    Appendix 2: Alphabetical directory of adjective and verbs in the list of semantic types
    Glossary
    References

Reviews

"Every teacher and student of English linguistics should possess this excellent book ... a truly monumental work." - Pavol Stekauer, Language