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What is Morphology (Fundamentals of Linguistics) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0631203193
ISBN-10: 0631203192
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The present book is a well-formed, well-explicated volume by two linguists on the top of their game. Truth be told, there is little if anything to be argued with or criticized in What Is Morphology?. Among other things, we find in this volume an impressive development of several chapters with references to and acknowledgement of works by seminal linguists of yesteryear. One of the strengths of this book is its grounding in deep linguistics tradition.

WIM benefits from a pleasing, fluid writing style, one that is relatively informal ... The in-chapter exercises and summaries are a nice touch. They show up at just the right moments and serve to reinforce the learning process for the reader. Finally, the large number of languages—nearly 90—whose morphological structures are portrayed by examples in the book is another major plus for the volume.  (Southern Journal of Linguistics, 2011)

I would truly be remiss in this evaluation if I did not end it by saying that Mark Aronoff's and Kirsten Fudeman's What Is Morphology? is an excellent, time-tested work that like a good wine, gets better with age!

"Aronoff and Fudeman have provided an extremely pleasant tour of the issues in modern morphological theory for beginning students. The rich collection of exercises will be a godsend to instructors and students alike, and the thread of discussion of a single language throughout the book is a brilliant stroke that other texts should emulate."
Stephen R. Anderson, Yale University

"This unusual book combines a basic start on morphology with an introduction to Kujamaat Jóola. It is a fine addition to teaching materials on morphology: a book for beginners to use with a teacher, yet one from which any linguist could learn. The authors intend students to develop ‘a lasting taste for morphology’. I think many will."

Greville Corbett, University of Surrey, Guildford

"Morphology has its own organizing principles, distinct from those of syntax, phonology, and the lexicon. Too many morphology textbooks obscure this fascinating fact, but Aronoff and Fudeman refreshingly make it the cornerstone of their exposition."

Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, University of Canterbury

Book Description

Assuming only the most basic background in linguistics, What is Morphology? provides a concise, critical introduction to the central ideas and perennial problems of morphology. Designed to familiarize beginning students and specialists alike with the importance of morphology as a subject of research, this reader-friendly volume moves organically from the morphological "facts of everyday life" to important relationships with phonology, syntax, and semantics.What is Morphology? equips readers with the skills to analyze a wealth of classic morphological issues through engaging narration and by direct example. This includes detailed discussion of the complex morphology of one West African language, Kujamaat Joola, and many useful exercises at the ends of the chapters.

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Product Details

  • Series: Fundamentals of Linguistics (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631203192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631203193
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,474,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This a fine scholarly survey of morphology. It is well written and analytically precise. A good understanding of morphology starts here.
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