new morphology textbook

Martin Haspelmath haspelmath at EVA.MPG.DE
Thu Apr 11 09:55:23 UTC 2002

Some LINGTYP subscribers may be interested in learning about the
following book, which has just come out:

Haspelmath, Martin. 2002. Understanding Morphology (Understanding
Language Series). London: Arnold, 290 pp., GBP 16.99 (paperback)

The book offers an introduction to morphology that starts at zero but
covers all the important phenomena and theoretical issues. It does not
present a single homogeneous approach but uses theoretical notions from
different traditions whenever they are useful to elucidate the
phenomena. The emphasis is on understanding morphological patterns in
human languages, not on understanding what influential linguists have
said about them. The examples come from a wide variety of languages (the
language index lists 96 languages).


Table of contents:

1: Introduction: What is morphology?
2: Basic concepts
3: Lexicon and rules
4: Inflection and derivation
5: Morphological trees
6: Productivity
7: Inflectional paradigms
8 : Words and phrases
9: Word-based rules
10: Morphophonology
11: Morphology and valence
12: Frequency effects in morphology
Language index

Martin Haspelmath (haspelmath at
Max-Planck-Institut fuer evolutionaere Anthropologie, Inselstr. 22
D-04103 Leipzig (Tel. (MPI) +49-341-9952 307, (priv.) +49-341-980 1616)

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