Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Roots and Patterns

Hebrew Morpho-syntax

Authors: Arad, Maya

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This book is simultaneously a theoretical study in morphosyntax and an in-depth empirical study of Hebrew. Based on Hebrew data, the book defends the status of the root as a lexical and phonological unit and argues that roots, rather than verbs or nouns, are the primitives of word formation. A central claim made throughout the book is the role of locality in word formation, teasing apart word formation from roots and word formation from existing words syntactically, semantically and phonologically.

The book focuses on Hebrew, a language with rich verb morphology, where both roots and noun- and verb-creating morphology are morphologically transparent. The study of Hebrew verbs is based on a corpus of all Hebrew verb-creating roots, offering, for the first time, a survey of the full array of morpho-syntactic forms seen in the Hebrew verb.

While the focus of this study is on how roots function in word-formation, a central chapter studies the information encoded by the Hebrew root, arguing for a special kind of open-ended value, bounded within the classes of meaning analyzed by lexical semanticists.

The book is of wide interest to students of many branches of linguistics, including morphology, syntax and lexical semantics, as well as of to students Semitic languages.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Roots: Where Syntax, Morphology, and the Lexicon Meet

    Pages 1-23

  • The Noun-Verb Asymmetry in Hebrew: When Are Patterns Obligatory?

    Pages 24-52

  • The Contents of the Root: Multiple Contextualized Meaning in Hebrew

    Pages 53-105

  • The Morphological Consequences of MCM: An Intermediate Summary

    Pages 106-117

  • Roots Across Patterns in Hebrew

    Pages 118-181

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Roots and Patterns
Book Subtitle
Hebrew Morpho-syntax
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
63
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3244-8
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3244-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3243-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3245-5
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 286
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