Morphology and Meaning

11 Nov


Morphology and Meaning
Selected papers from the 15th International Morphology Meeting, Vienna, February 2012

Edited by Franz Rainer, Francesco Gardani, Hans Christian Luschützky and Wolfgang U. Dressler
© John Benjamins
Expected December 2013. vi, 343 pp. + index

The problem of form and meaning in morphology has produced an impressive amount of scholarly work over the last hundred years. Nevertheless, many issues continue to be in need of clarification. The present volume assembles 18 selected papers from the 15th International Morphology Meeting (Vienna, 9–12 February 2012) relating to this vast field of research. The introduction provides a detailed overview of the state of the art in the field. It is followed by three articles derived from the plenaries that are dedicated to fundamental issues such as the relationship between morphological meaning and concepts, between word formation and meaning change, as well as indirect coding. The section papers tackle a wide array of issues, including affixal polysemy, pathways of grammaticalization, the processing of compounds, mismatches between form and meaning, synonymy avoidance, or the semantics of specific patterns of noun incorporation, compounding, reduplication and mimetic verbs.

Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.

Editors’ introduction

Morphology and meaning: An overview
Franz Rainer, Wolfgang U. Dressler, Francesco Gardani and Hans Christian Luschützky 3 – 46

Plenary papers

Roots, concepts, and word structure: On the atoms of lexical semantics
Paolo Acquaviva 49 – 70

Between word formation and meaning change
Peter Koch 71 – 96

Indirect coding
Christian Lehmann 97 – 124

Section papers

Diachrony and the polysemy of derivational affixes
Giorgio F. Arcodia 127 – 140

Possessive compounds in Slavic and the Principle of Integrated Meronymy
Iveta Chovanová and Pavel Štichauer 141 – 152

Relation diversity and ease of processing for opaque and transparent English compounds
Christina L. Gagné and Thomas L. Spalding 153 – 162

Inflection vs. derivation: The function and meaning of the Mordvin abessive
Arja Hamari 163 – 176

Discrepancy between form and meaning 
in word-formation: The case of over- and under-marking in French
Nabil Hathout and Fiammetta Namer 177 – 190

Compounds vs. phrases: The cognitive status of morphological products
Sven Kotowski, Katja Böer and Holden Härtl 191 – 204

Semantic transparency, compounding, and the nature of independent variables
Gary Libben and Silke Weber 205 – 222

The layering of form and meaning in creole word-formation: A view from construction morphology
Ana R. Luís 223 – 238

Semantic headedness and categorization of -cum- compounds
Ramón Martí Solano 239 – 248

German plural doublets with and without meaning differentiation
Karlheinz Mörth and Wolfgang U. Dressler 249 – 258

On the form and meaning of double 
noun incorporation
Alessio Muro 259 – 274

Tuning morphosemantic transparency 
by shortening: A cross-linguistic perspective
Elke Ronneberger-Siebold 275 – 288

Root transparency and the morphology-meaning interface: Data from Hebrew
Batia Seroussi 289 – 302

Mimetic verbs and meaning
Natsuko Tsujimura 303 – 314

Mismatch verbs: A unified account of unaccusatives and deponents
Philipp Weisser 315 – 330

The canonical function of the deponent 
verbs in modern Greek
Katerina Zombolou and Artemis Alexiadou 331 – 344

Index of Subjects & Terms

Index of Languages & Dialects



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