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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology$
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Laurie Bauer, Rochelle Lieber, and Ingo Plag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.001.0001

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Basic principles: terminology

Basic principles: terminology

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(p.7) Chapter 2 Basic principles: terminology
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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology
Author(s):

Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.003.0002

This chapter sets out and defines the terminology that is used in the rest of the volume. This includes the terminology of morphological analysis (morpheme and morph, lexeme and word-form, inflection and derivation, availability and profitability, for example), but also areas on the borders of morphology (suppletion, phonaestheme, word-classes) and matters of verbal diathesis. The notion of ‘word’ is discussed in detail. This is followed by considerations concerning the elements below the level of the word. The next section is devoted to the study of word-classes and their relevance for morphological analysis, followed by treatments of productivity, the distinction between native and non-native vocabulary and other lexical, especially syntactico-semantic, matters.

Keywords:   word, morpheme, word-class, lexicalization, productivity, verbal diathesis

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