Morphology and Lexical Semantics

Beth Levin*, Malka Rappaport Hovav

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The relation between lexical semantics and morphology has not been the subject of much study. This may seem surprising, since a morpheme is often viewed as a minimal Saussurean sign relating form and meaning: it is a concept with a phonologically composed name. On this view, morphology has both a semantic side and a structural side, the latter sometimes called "morphological realization" (Aronoff 1994, Zwicky 1986b). Since morphology is the study of the structure and derivation of complex signs, attention could be focused on the semantic side (the composition of complex concepts) and the structural side (the composition of the complex names for the concepts) and the relation between them.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Morphology
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781405166348
ISBN (Print)9780631226949
StatePublished - 10 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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