Announcing a new book: Explorations in seamless morphology

John Peterson jpeterso at UNI-OSNABRUECK.DE
Mon Jun 30 15:03:46 UTC 2003

I would like to call your attention to the following new title. John
Sage India
May  2003 / 348 pages
Cloth: Rs 580.00
edited by RAJENDRA SINGH, University of Montreal
STANLEY STAROSTA, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
with SYLVAIN NEUVEL, University of Chicago, Chicago
This volume exposes the inadequacies of morpheme or stem based
theories of morphology and introduces the two versions (the Montreal
version, called Whole Word Morphology, and the 'lexicase' one) of a
radically a-morphous morphology, somewhat mischievously designated, by
Starosta, as 'seamless morphology'. It also makes clear their many
shared assumptions and principles as well as the differences between

A number of contributors deal with 'compounding' and 'incorporation',
two of the toughest problems in maintaining the seamless position.
Other contributions show the advantages of that position in analysing
synchronic and diachronic problems connected with lexical derivation
in Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Spanish
and Micronesian languages.
Introduction / Prolegomena to a Non-Paninian Theory of Word Formation
ALAN FORD and RAJENDRA SINGH / Some Advantages of Linguistics without
Morpho(phon)ology ALAN FORD and RAJENDRA SINGH / In Praise of
Sakatayana: Some Remarks on Whole Word Morphology RAJENDRA SINGH and
/ On Defining the Chinese Compound Word: Headedness in Chinese
Compounding and Chinese VR Compounds STANLEY STAROSTA, KOENRAAD
KUIPER, SIEW AI NG and ZHIQIAN WU / Do Compounds have Internal
Structure? A Seamless Analysis STANLEY STAROSTA / Micronesian Noun
Incorporation: A Seamless Analysis STANLEY STAROSTA / Semantic
Fragmentation in Word Formation: The Case of Spanish -azo FRANZ RAINER
/ Towards a Universal Theory of Shape-Invariant (Templatic)
Morphology: Classical Arabic Reconsidered ROBERT R RATCLIFFE /
Paradigmatic Morphology THOMAS BECKER / The Importance of Being Ernist
PROBAL DASGUPTA / A Perfect Strategy for Latin BYRON W BENDER /
Morphology in Minimal Information Grammar DANKO SIPKA / Index
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