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Word-Formation in English was first published in In particular, the work with Laurie Bauer and Shelly Lieber on The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology , published in , showed me that certain concepts and theoretical notions needed to be reconceived and modernized in the light of the new evidence that had become available by that time.
Nevis and John T. Readers are thus invited to discover the latest findings and select the points of view they like best, which means that they cannot feel constrained by any analytical bias.
He also ponders on the nature of the relationship between simple words and complex words. As no particular theoretical framework has been selected, the use of the textbook depends on what the teacher, student or general reader is looking for. Starting with an example, a concrete one, is a good way of concluding this brief introduction, which is remarkable for its clarity: no jargon is used, essential definitions are already given so you understand that more complex paragraphs are to be found afterwards.
Or is it on account of his wish to let practice prevail over theory so that readers might be trained in carrying out linguistic analyses? Does he think that it is better to propose several approaches which, to some extent, complement one another or does he prefer to give you the opportunity to select the one you like best?
In which case, you may deduce that open-mindedness might be the reason for such an absence. The telegraphic style used in the heads and subheads, which are made up of one word or more, enables readers to immediately get a clear idea of what the textbook is all about.
It may be regrettable that the great variety of resources you have at your disposal has not been divided into categories, either according to the nature of the reference, to the thematic content or to the degree of specialization involved so that a beginner and a specialist might have known which items are most suitable for them.
A distinction could have been established between firstly general introductions to morphology reflecting various schools of thought as well as their theoretical frameworks and secondly more specialized material, to end with the most highly complex works. Another possibility might have been to introduce them chapter by chapter since themes have been predetermined in their succession and all the more so because bibliographical advice is given at the end of each chapter of the book.
Behavioural studies cf. Robert A. Rescorla and Allen R. John M. Pearce and Mark E. Bouton have also been added so that, all in all, you are provided with a wealth of seminal works.
That way, it is easier to flip through the book and find a precise reference. Otherwise it will be difficult for you to understand the others. The author establishes very useful distinctions between crucial linguistic terms and resorts to visual props like tree diagrams or words above and below curly brackets to help you navigate through the transitions, temporary conclusions and numbered examples.
The latter illustrate key rules and exceptions, the special cases being naturally of particular interest. This is a recurrent phenomenon throughout the book. Thus syntactic criteria can help to determine the wordhood of a given entity. Hence, tangible facts inevitably prevail over assumptions and valid criteria are set. The opposition between written and oral English, which both allow the speaker to reach for particular stylistic effects, also plays a role in the description of compounds or creations, which are obviously the main issue.
You will learn more about truncation, clipping p. The aim is to differentiate a derived word from a complex word as opposed to a simplex word p. When zooming in on the prefix un- , you will learn about the existence of three prefixes: the de-adjectival, denominal and deverbal one, and about the restrictions that apply p.
And in the case of multiple affixation p. In the key to exercise 2. For instance, to what extent is it different from what we usually conceive of as the lexicon? Baayen in On Frequency, Transparency and Productivity p. The restrictions to productivity that pertain to phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics may be influenced by usage-based factors too. Homonymy or synonymy blocking p.
The nouns discoursiveness and discoursivity p. The general properties of English affixation, be they phonological, morphological or semantic, are investigated with the example of the Latinate affixes as compared to those of Germanic origin. The chapters on prosodic structure are a little more complex to grasp although it might interest you to know more about the differences between the non-native suffixes, which tend to be vowel-initial, and the native ones, which tend to be consonant-initial p.
An in-depth presentation of nominal p. Yet, instead of devoting one paragraph or more to each of these affixes, it might have been a good idea to present them in a series of tables. Readers could have compared them at a glance and would have been able to memorize them more easily. The layout is thus intended for specialists rather than for students who just want to check an affix or two. As far as the -ive suffix is concerned p. The role of inflection and, notably in the case of phrasal verbs, of stress is studied at length p.
The chapter, which makes good reading, ends with abbreviations and acronyms, both categories being better-known to the general reader p. That is why he asserts that abbreviations can be markers of social identity. The property of recursivity p.
A possible classification is based on the syntactic nature of the head, which determines the major properties of a compound: it can be a noun, a verb or an adjective.
You are provided with keys to interpreting and analyzing nominal compounds thanks to the linguistic notion of argument: Ingo Plag believes that in argumentative compounds, the left element is an argument of the head p. He is convinced that:. Stress in adjectival, verbal and neoclassical compounds, especially in relation to informativity p. That is how he comes to define degemination p. This is where the author gets even more technical so it might be a little difficult for students to follow.
A blacker shade of ink would have made our reading a lot more comfortable while the text would have looked less compact if lines had been left between paragraphs. Three different symbols might have been preferable, for instance Vb for verb, V for vowel, and E for extent of use. Why not use the same symbol for that keyword?
It would have made the abbreviations clearer and more consistent while their use might have been systematized throughout the book, thus enabling readers to memorize them more easily. Although the aim is to make everything clear to readers who have skipped page xv, such repetitions or information provided in passing may seem superfluous to those who have not. The use of square brackets for phonetic representation instead of the conventional slashes surrounding IPA symbols is uncommon.
The keywords are defined at every step and temporary definitions are completed in subsequent chapters so that the student can choose to read one part of the book independently of the others or in the succession Ingo Plag has opted for. The introductory paragraphs and concluding summaries help you memorize content very quickly as well as the numerous templates, tables and graphs.
After perusing Word-Formation in English , they will inevitably become more proficient at linguistics, especially morphology, and will have gleaned a lot of suggestions for future research topics in the field. Baayen Harald R. Nevis Joel N. Pearce John M. Rescorla Robert A. She holds a Ph. She is the author of Calvin et Hobbes de Bill Watterson. ISBN She has published articles on linguistics and literature, especially poetry, as well as several book reviews in Lexis.
Lexis Journal in English Lexicology. Contents - Previous document. Book reviews. Cathy Parc. Outline 1. General observations. Detailed presentation of each chapter. Answer Key to Exercises. Full text PDF Send by e-mail. Linguistic framework 5 The author makes it clear that the approach chosen, whose goals are explicitly practical, does not rely on a specific linguistic theory, but favours the references which seem the most appropriate according to the topic at issue.
Detailed presentation of each chapter 4. He is convinced that: the interpretation of compounds depends on the possible conceptual and semantic properties of the nouns involved and how these properties can be related to create compositional meaning in compounds. Remarks 34 Although we have to keep in mind that the author does not always choose much when it comes to editing a book, a larger font would have been easier on the eyes, especially as the ink is quite pale and the paper not that white.
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Lexis And Structure Definition
Lexis and Structure Candidates should be able to:. Oral Forms Candidates should be able to:. NOTE: Emphatic stress involves the placement of normal stress on words in an utterance for the purpose of emphasis. Attah, M. Bamgbose, A. Banjo, A. Caesar, O.
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Lexis refers to the total words and phrases of a language. Lexis is also called vocabulary and includes boy, pile up, crown, virus, shut up e. Structure is the meaningful arrangement of words, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. We present lexis and structure with examples, questions and answers.
Hello students, last class, we discussed how to use complement and adjunct in a sentence. The topic for today is lexis and structure in the English-language. I mean, what is lexis in English?