Language Processing and Acquisition in Languages of Semitic, Root-Based, Morphology
Joseph Shimron | University of Haifa
This book puts together contributions of linguists and psycholinguists whose main interest here is the representation of Semitic words in the mental lexicon of Semitic language speakers. The central topic of the book confronts two views about the morphology of Semitic words. The point of the argument is: Should we see Semitic words’ morphology as “root-based” or “word-based?” The proponents of the root-based approach, present empirical evidence demonstrating that Semitic language speakers are sensitive to the root and the template as the two basic elements (bound morphemes) of Semitic words. Those supporting the word-based approach, present arguments to the effect that Semitic word formation is not based on the merging of roots and templates, but that Semitic words are comprised of word stems and affixes like we find in Indo-European languages. The variety of evidence and arguments for each claim should force the interested readers to reconsider their views on Semitic morphology.
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders, 28] 2003. vi, 394 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
1. Semitic languages: Are they really root-based?Joseph Shimron | pp. 1–28
2. Semitic verb structure within a universal perspectiveOuti Bat-El | pp. 29–59
3. The verbal morphology of MalteseRobert D. Hoberman and Mark Aronoff | pp. 61–78
4. The formation of Ethiopian Semitic internal reduplicationSharon Rose | pp. 79–97
5. The role of the imperfective template in Arabic morphologyElabbas Benmamoun | pp. 99–114
6. Arabic derivational ablaut, processing strategies, and consonantal “roots”Jeffrey Heath | pp. 115–129
7. The ‘roots’ of denominative Hebrew verbsShmuel Bolozky | pp. 131–146
8. Opacity in Hebrew word morphologyOra R. Schwarzwald | pp. 147–163
9. Lexical organization and lexical access in a non-concatenated morphologyAvital Deutsch and Ram Frost | pp. 165–186
10. When degree of semantic similarity influences morphological processingLaurie Beth Feldman and Michal Raveh | pp. 187–200
11. What is a root? Evidence from the obligatory contour principleIris Berent and Joseph Shimron | pp. 201–222
12. Root-morpheme processing during word recognition in Hebrew speakers across the adult life spanMira Goral and Loraine K. Obler | pp. 223–242
13. Children’s lexical innovations: Developmental perspectives on Hebrew verb structureRuth A. Berman | pp. 243–291
14. A developmental perspective on root perception in Hebrew and Palestinian ArabicDorit Ravid | pp. 293–319
15. Computing argument structure: The early grammarHagit Borer | pp. 321–362
16. ‘Empty’ subjects in Hebrew: A developmental perspectiveYonata Levy and Anne Vainikka | pp. 363–384
Index of names | pp. 385–388
Index of subjects | pp. 389–392
“This is a well-structured book with a number of excellent chapters on linguistic and psycholinguistic aspects of Semitic morphology. It is obvious that Shimron has succeeded in turning a polarized debate about the nature of Semitic morphology into a fertile ground for linguistic analyses and experimental research that yielded solid if not always coherent findings.”
Fehti Mansouri, Deakin University, in Studies in Second Language Acquisition 27(4), 2005
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BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General