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Mel'cuk, Igor

Aspects of the Theory of Morphology

Ed. by Beck, David

Series:Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 146


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    August 2008
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    Aims and Scope

    The book is dedicated to linguistic morphology andit contains a sketch of a complete morphological theory, centered around a discussion offundamental concepts suchas morph vs. morpheme, inflectional category, voice, grammatical case, agreement vs. government, suppletion, relationships between linguistic signs, etc.: the hottest issues in modern linguistics!

    The book introduces rigorous and clear concepts necessary to describe morphological phenomena of natural languages. Among other things, it offers logical calculi of possible grammemes in a given category. The presentation is developed in a typological perspective, so that linguistic data from a large variety of languages are described and analyzed (about 100 typologically very different languages).

    The main method is deductive: the concepts proposed in Aspects of the Theory of Morphology are based on a small set of indefinibilia and each concept is defined in terms of these indefinibilia and/or other concepts defined previously; as a result, logical calculi can be constructed (similar to Mendeleev's Periodical Table of Elements in chemistry). Then the concept is applied to the actual linguistic data to demonstrate its validity and advantages.

    Thus, Aspects of the Theory of Morphology combines metalinguistic endeavor (a system of concepts for morphology) with typological and descriptive orientation. It reaches out to all students of language, including the border fields and applications.

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    23 x 15.5 cm
    xvi, 615 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Morphology; linguistic typology

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    Igor Mel'čuk, University of Montreal, Canada; David Beck, University of Alberta, Canada.


    "Il reste que cet ouvrage d'IM, möme avec ses lacunes, dont l'auteur est très conscient, et avec son lourd appareil formel, est une des pièces maîtresses dans I'entreprise de restauration de l'intérêt pour la morphologie, et mérite,à ce titre, d'intéresser largement tous les linguistes."
    Claude Hagège in: Bulletin de la Societe de Linguistique 2/2010

    "Die Belohnung kommt in Form neugewonnener Erkenntnisse über die Vielzahl von unglaublich ›exotischen‹, ›bizarren‹, ›seltenen‹ und teils ›paradoxen‹ formalen Ausdrucksmöglichkeiten morphologischer Kategorien, die in den natürlichen Sprachen der Welt möglich und tatsächlich vertreten sind."
    Susan Olsen in: Germanistik 1-2/2007

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