The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology

28 oct




Title: The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology 

Editor: Rochelle Lieber, Pavol Štekauer




Series Title: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Published: 2014

Publisher: Oxford University Press Book URL:




The only handbook devoted exclusively to the topic of derivational morphology.

Draws on data from a wide range of language families.

Provides extensive coverage of both formal and semantic issues.

The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology is intended as a companion volume to the Oxford Handbook of Compounding (OUP 2009), aiming to provide a comprehensive and thorough overview of the study of derivational morphology. Written by distinguished scholars, its 41 chapters are devoted to theoretical and definitional matters, formal and semantic issues, interdisciplinary connections, and detailed descriptions of derivational processes in a wide range of language families. It presents the reader with the current state of the art in the study of derivational morphology. The handbook begins with an overview and a consideration of definitional matters, distinguishing derivation from inflection on the one hand and compounding on the other. From a formal perspective, the handbook treats affixation (prefixation, suffixation, infixation, circumfixation, etc.), conversion, reduplication, root and pattern and other templatic processes, as well as prosodic and subtractive means of forming new words. From a semantic perspective, it looks at the processes that form various types of adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs, as well as evaluatives and the rarer processes that form function words. Chapters are devoted to issues of theory, methodology, the historical development of derivation, and to child language acquisition, sociolinguistic, experimental, and psycholinguistic approaches. The second half of the book surveys derivation in fifteen language families that are widely dispersed in terms of both geographical location and typological characteristics. It ends with a consideration of both areal tendencies in derivation and the issue of universals.





Morphologists of all theoretical stripes, as well as researchers and students in related fields of linguistics, including semantics, child language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics.




Artemis Alexiadou, University of Stuttgart Mark Aronoff, Stony Brook University Harald Baayen, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington Juliette Blevins, CUNY Graduate Center Robert Blust, University of Hawai’i at Manoa Gabriela Caballero, University of California San Diego Karen Steffen Chung, National Taiwan University Eve V. Clark, Stanford University Denis Creissels, formerly of the University of Lyon Stewart Davis, Indiana University Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, University of Cologne Antonio Fábregas, University of Tromsø Bernd Heine, University of Cologne Jennifer Hay, University of Canterbury Nathan Hill, SOAS, University of Londno Sharon Inkelas, University of California Berkeley Alana Johns, University of Toronto Ferenc Kiefer, formerly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences Lívia Körtvélyessy, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University Andrew Koontz-Garboden, University of Manchester Johanna Laakso, University of Vienna Rochelle Lieber, University of New Hampshire Mark Lindsay, Stony Brook University Verónica Nercesian, National University of Formosa Irina Nikolaeva, SOAS, University of London Susan Olsen, Humboldt University Berlin Mary Paster, Pomona College Sailaja Pingali, University of Hyderabad Franz Rainer, Vienna University of Economics and Business Keren Rice, University of Toronto Pauliina Saarinen, University of Canterbury Erin Shay, University of Colorado Boulder Jane Simpson, Australian National University Pavol Štekauer, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University Gregory Stump, University of Kentucky Jackson T.-S. Sun, Academia Sinica Pius ten Hacken, Leopold Franzen University Innsbruck Carola Trips, University of Mannheim Natsuko Tsujimura, Indiana University Edward Vajda, Western Washington University Salvador Valera, University of Granada


Table of Contents:

Part I 

1: Rochelle Lieber and Pavol Ŝtekauer: Introduction: The scope of the handbooks 2: Pius ten Hacken: Delineating derivation and inflection 3: Susan Olsen: Delineating derivation and compounding 4: Rochelle Lieber: Theoretical approaches to derivation 5: Mark Aronoff and Mark Lindsay: Productivity, blocking, and lexicalization 6: Rochelle Lieber: Methodological issues in studying derivation 7: Harald Baayen: Experimental and psycholinguistic approaches 8: Laurie Bauer: Concatenative derivation 9: Juliette Blevins: Infixation 10: Salvador Valera: Conversion 11: Sharon Inkelas: Non-concatenative derivation: Reduplication 12: Stuart Davis and Natsuko Tsujimura: Non-concatenative derivation: Other processes 13: Mary Paster: Allomorphy 14: Artemis Alexiadou: Nominal derivation 15: Andrew Koontz-Garboden: Verbal derivation 16: Antonio Fábregas: Adjectival and adverbial derivation 17: Livia Körtvélyessy: Evaluative derivation 18: Gregory Stump: Derivation and function words 19: Franz Rainer: Homophony versus polysemy in derivation 20: Pavol Ŝtekauer: Derivational paradigms 21: Pauliina Saarinen and Jennifer Hay: Affix ordering in derivation 22: Carola Trips: Derivation and historical change 23: Livia Körtvélyessy and Pavol Ŝtekauer: Derivation in a social context 24: Eve Clark: Acquisition of derivational morphology


Part II


25: Sailaja Pingali: Indo-European 26: Ferenc Kiefer and Johanna Laakso: Uralic 27: Irina Nikolaeva: Altaic 28: Edward J. Vajda: Yeniseian 29: Mark J. Alves: Mon-Khmer 30: Robert Blust: Austronesian 31: Denis Creissels: Niger-Congo 32: Erin Shay: Afro-Asiatic 33: Gerrit Dimmendaal: Nilo-Saharan 34: Karen Steffen Chung, Nathan W. Hill, and Jackson T.-S. Sun: Sino-Tibetan 35: Jane Simpson: Pama-Nyungan 36: Keren Rice: Athabaskan 37: Alana Johns: Eskimo-Aleut 38: Gabriela Caballero: Uto-Aztecan 39: Verónica Nercesian: Matacoan 40: Bernd Heine: Areal tendencies in derivation 41: Rochelle Lieber and Pavol Ŝtekauer: Universals in derivation







Continental Celtic Word Formation

25 oct






Continental Celtic Word Formation: The Onomastic Data



Coordinación editorial de: Juan Luis GARCÍA ALONSO


Universidad de Salamanca

ISBN: 9788490123836

Serie: Aquilafuente

Nº Edición: 1

Año de Edición: 2014

Páginas: 335

Formato: Libro electrónico

Precio: 9,00 €




The book you have in your hands has its distant ancestor in an International Symposium held at the University of Salamanca in September 2011 (2nd-4th) and entitled «Continental Celtic Word Formation. The Onomastic Data». The idea for this gathering arose from a series of conversations between Juan Luis García Alonso, Patrick Sims-Williams and Alexander Falileyev in Aberystwyth in March 2010. This book is undoubtedly indebted to this previous event (belonging in a series that we might call our «Ptolemy Workshops», held in Aberystwyth in 1999 (Ptolemy: Towards a linguistic atlas of the earliest Celtic place-names of Europe, edited by David Parsons and Patrick SimsWilliams, Aberystwyth, 2000), Innsbruck in 2000, Madrid in 2002 (New Approaches to Celtic Place Names in Ptolemy’s Geography, edited by Javier de Hoz, Eugenio Luján and Patrick Sims-Williams, Madrid, 2005), Munich in 2004, and Salamanca in 2006 (Celtic and Other Languages in Ancient Europe, edited by Juan Luis García Alonso, Salamanca, 2008). In any case, this book is an ulterior development of what was discussed in the 2011 Salamanca gathering. The new approach this time, as can be clearly appreciated from the title chosen, consisted in a specific look at the word formation of proper names in order to both gain a more accurate idea of how Celtic proper names are formed and furnish ourselves with further tools to identify a specifically doubtful name as Celtic beyond the tricky and slippery path of etymological analysis.




Grammatik im Lexikon [Grammar in the Lexicon]

23 oct




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Title: Grammatik im Lexikon [Grammar in the Lexicon] 

Subtitle: Adjektiv-Nomen-Verbindungen im Deutschen und Niederländischen [Adjective-Noun Combinations in German and Dutch]


Author: Barbara Schlücker
Series Title: De Gruyter Linguistische Arbeiten 553

Published: 2014

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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This work discusses the relationship between word formation, syntax, and lexicon based on an examination of adjective-noun compounds and phrases in German and in German-Dutch comparison. It describes the semantic and morphosyntactic features of such compounds from a construction grammar perspective. The analysis specifically focuses on the ways that these compounds are related to each other and how they are represented in the mental lexicon.

To be or not to be a Word

20 oct




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Title: To be or not to be a Word 

Subtitle: New Reflections on the Definition of Word

Editor: Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano

Editor: José-Luis Mendívil-Giró

Published: 2014


Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Book URL:




This book discusses the nature and definition of what a word is in Linguistics. This is not an easy task since the term subsumes a wide range of phenomena explored from an even wider array of perspectives. Although words are the most accessible linguistic units from the speaker’s introspection viewpoint, they are, at the same time, an incredibly elusive reality for the linguist. Issues such as their definition, theoretical status, limits, characteristics, and psycholinguistic reality are still controversial and open for debate. This book offers an up-to-date overview of the latest discussions on the nature of word in Modern Linguistics. It gathers together under a single collective volume different views of what a word is from a wide range of diverse methodological and theoretical linguistic frameworks, such as phonological theory, linguistic typology, lexical generative morphology, generative syntax, cognitive grammar, and construction grammar. Despite their different backgrounds, all these papers are geared towards the same goal: to offer a detailed account of what a word is in their respective fields. All in all, this collection of papers offers different perspectives that will contribute to provide some answers to the myriad of questions that a simple phrase such as to be or not to be a Word brings to the fore.



The role of constructional meanings in novel verb-noun compounds in Spanish

15 oct




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Novedad bibliográfica:

Boas, Hans C.; Gonzálvez-García, Francisco (eds.): Romance Perspectives on Construction Grammar, Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins (Colección: Constructional Approaches to Language, 15), 2014.



The chapters in this book show how the different flavors of Construction Grammar provide illuminating insights into the syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse-functional properties of specific phenomena in Romance languages such as (Castilian) Spanish, French, Romanian, and Latin from a synchronic as well as a diachronic viewpoint. The phenomena surveyed include the role of constructional meanings in novel verb-noun compounds in Spanish, the relevance of lexicalization for a constructionist analysis of complex prepositions in French, the complementariness of fragments, patterns and constructions as theoretical and explanatory constructs in verb complementation in French, Latin, and Spanish, non-constituent coordination phenomena (e.g. Right Node Raising, Argument Cluster Coordination and Gapping) in Romanian, and variable type framing in Spanish constructions of directed motion in the light of Leonard Talmy’s (2000) typological differences of lexicalization between satellite-framed and verb-framed languages.


Chapter 2 (Jiyoung Yoon): “The role of constructional meanings in novel verb-noun compounds in Spanish”, pp. 37-78.



La formation diminutive dans les langues romanes

8 oct



La formation diminutive dans les langues romanes

Debowiak, Przemyslaw


Peter Lang

Year of Publication: 2014

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien


Book Synopsis

Le travail consiste en une étude contrastive et diachronique des mécanismes de la morphologie évaluative dans onze langues romanes. Il en résulte que la formation des diminutifs par dérivation suffixale y jouit d’une grande vitalité, ce qui confirme un approfondissement des tendances de l’évolution morphologique et lexicale du latin, observables à travers toute la latinité, et spécialement au haut Moyen Âge. Les autres moyens sont plus rares ; ils sont l’effet de l’usure sémantique des formations diminutives déjà existantes et de celle des suffixes particuliers. À propos du problème de la motivation sémantique primitive des suffixes diminutifs, il semble justifié de considérer comme admissible leur origine tant notionnelle qu’émotionnelle, la seconde étant chronologiquement plus récente.




Diminutif – Langues romanes – Portugais – Galicien – Espagnol – Catalan – Occitan – Français – Arpitan – Sarde – Italien – Langues rhéto-romanes (romanche, ladin, frioulan) – Roumain – Latin – Morphologie – Dérivation suffixale – Linguistique diachronique – Linguistique comparée.



About the author:

Przemysław Dębowiak est docteur en linguistique romane. Il a fait ses études de philologie française et de philologie portugaise à l’Université Jagellonne de Cracovie. Il est employé à l’Institut de Philologie Romane de la même université, ainsi qu’à l’Institut de la Langue Polonaise de l’Académie Polonaise des Sciences






Word-Formation Theories II / Universals and Typology in Word-Formation III

6 oct


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Full Title: Word-Formation Theories II / Universals and Typology in Word-Formation III 

Date: 26-Jun-2015 – 28-Jun-2015


Location: Kosice, Slovakia


Contact Person: Pavol Stekauer


Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Morphology; Semantics; Typology


Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2015



Meeting Description:


The Conference concentrates on two areas of research into word-formation: word-formation theories and word-formation typology/universals. While papers discussing any theoretical as well as cross-linguistic aspects of word-formation are most welcome, the focus of the Conference will be on semantic aspects of complex words in both subareas of the Conference.


Guest Speakers (in alphabetical order):


Eve Clark (Stanford University, USA) Frans Plank (University of Konstanz, Germany) Maria Koptjevskaja Tamm (Stockholm University, Sweden) Paolo Ramat (University of Pavia, Italy) Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire, USA)


Important Deadlines: Submission of abstracts: February 28, 2015 Notification of acceptance: March 31, 2015 Submission of a registration form: April 30, 2015


Academic Board: Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, University of Cologne, Germany Jan Don, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Martin Everaert, Utrecht University, the Netherlands Bernd Heine, University of Cologne, Germany Nathan W. Hill, University of London, U.K. Alana Johns, University of Toronto, Canada Lívia Körtvélyessy, P.J. Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia Sailaja Pingali, University of Hyderabad, India Pavol Štekauer, P.J. Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia Salvador Valera, University of Granada, Spain


2nd Call for Papers: Abstracts of papers and posters (500 words max.) clearly defining the topic and the objectives pursued in the paper/poster should be submitted by e-mail as WORD attachments to: prof. Dr. Pavol Štekauer ( by 28 February 2015. Authors of all submitted abstracts will be advised on the decision of the Academic Programme Committee by 31 March 2015.


All relevant information is available on the conference webpage:



Gender and Classifiers: Areal and Genealogical Perspectives

3 oct






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Calls: Typology, Syntax, Morphology, General Linguistics
Full Title: Gender and Classifiers: Areal and Genealogical Perspectives


Date: 26-Jan-2015 – 27-Jan-2015


Location: MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands


Web Site:


Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Typology


Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2014



Meeting Description:


Gender and Classifiers: Areal and Genealogical Perspectives Following our highly successful dissemination workshop ”Gender and classifiers: Cross-linguistic perspectives” on the typology of nominal classification systems in 2014, this time we want to look more closely at the areal and genealogical distribution of gender and classifiers in the languages of the world. Certain types of classification system are typically associated with a language family or a linguistic area and we are interested in evidence which confirms or contradicts these tendencies. Many Indo-European languages have a two-term or three-term gender system with a masculine-feminine distinction, where a subset of the nouns are allotted to their genders based on biological sex. In Africa the situation is different. While Afroasiatic languages (e.g. Arabic, Somali, Berber) have two-term gender systems build on a masculine-feminine contrast, in Niger-Congo languages (e.g. Swahili, Chichewa, Eegimaa) larger systems are prevalent including a gender for either humans or animates. Southeast Asian languages (e.g. Chinese, Burmese, Vietnamese) typically have numeral classifiers, which essentially specify counting units. The usual Australian gender system has four distinctions, one of them being a gender for vegetables. If Australian languages have classifiers, they tend to be noun classifiers rather than numeral classifiers. Many languages in the Amazon area (e.g. Miraña, Tucano, Tariana) have been reported to have complex nominal classification systems mid-way between gender and classifiers.


Date: 26-27 January 2015

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands Organized by the Surrey Morphology Group and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.


Invited Speakers: Professor Gunter Senft (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen) Professor Maria Polinsky (Harvard University)


Call for Abstracts: We welcome contributions which address the morphology, morphosyntax, syntax or semantics of nominal classification systems from an areal or a genealogical perspective. We are especially interested in languages, language families and areas in which gender and classifiers occur in combination. Abstracts dealing with such languages, language families or areas are particularly welcome. People wishing to present a paper at the workshop are invited to submit a one-page anonymous abstract in electronic form (pdf or Word document) to Sebastian Fedden at the following address: Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 October 2014 Further information about the workshop will be posted at:


1 oct




La formación de adjetivos

Josefa Martín García



ISBN: 978-84-7635-886-3

Fecha de edición: Septiembre 2014

N° páginas: 96

Idioma: Castellano

Editorial Arco/Libros:



En esta monografía se analizan los distintos procesos de formación de adjetivos en el español actual partiendo de la categoría gramatical, de modo que es posible llevar a cabo una descripción global y comparativa de los mecanismos disponibles en español para crear adjetivos. Se tienen en cuenta distintos aspectos como la forma, el significado, la productividad de los procesos o la variación lingüística, con el fin de entender mejor la rivalidad entre los afijos o la distribución de los distintos procesos para formar adjetivos. Se adopta en el trabajo una metodología descriptiva con unos planteamientos teóricos mínimos, que guían el análisis de los datos tratados. La claridad en la exposición de los hechos y la abundancia de ejemplos para ilustrar la descripción hacen de este cuaderno una guía de gran utilidad para profesores y estudiantes de la lengua española y, en general, para todo aquel interesado en la morfología del español. El lector puede encontrar en el libro información suficiente sobre los elementos morfológicos y las restricciones que intervienen en la creación de adjetivos en el español actual.



Zaragoza Lingüística

Seminario Permanente de Investigaciones Lingüísticas. Grupo Sylex (Universidad de Zaragoza, España)


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