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English Words: A Linguistic Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-631-23031-1
320 pages
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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English Words is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the study of English words from a theoretically informed linguistic perspective.
  • accessibly written to give students a command of basic theory, skills in analyzing English words, and the foundation needed for more advanced study in linguistic theory or lexicology
  • covers basic introductory material and investigates the structure of English vocabulary
  • introduces students to the technical study of words from relevant areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics and psycholinguistics
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1. What is a word?.

2. Sound and fury: English phonology.

3. Phonological words: Calling all Scrabble players!.

4. Where do words come from?.

5. Pre- and suf-fix-es: Engl-ish Morph-o-log-y.

6. Morphological idiosyncrasies.

7. Lexical semantics: The structure of meaning, the meaning of structure.

8. Children learning words.

9. Accidents of history: English in flux.

List of Works Consulted.

Glossary.

Index.
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Heidi Harley is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She specializes in lexical semantics and morphology, and has published in a wide variety of books and journals, including Linguistic Inquiry, Language, and American Speech.
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  • accessibly written to give students a command of basic theory, skills in analyzing English words, and the foundation needed for more advanced study in linguistic theory or lexicology
  • covers basic introductory material and investigates the structure of English vocabulary
  • introduces students to the technical study of words from relevant areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics and psycholinguistics
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“A very special book that captures, at an introductory level, the variety of things linguists find fascinating about the history and structure of English.”
Will Leben, Stanford University

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