Upon successful completion of the course, students will have:
(a) become familiar with basic principles and different models of morphological analysis
(b) been exposed to numerous empirical data and phenomena
(c) enriched their knowledge of English morphology
(d) developed their problem-solving skills
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course offers a comprehensive overview of basic concepts, principles, and theories of morphology, the linguistic branch that deals with the internal structure of words. Using as background knowledge introductory concepts such as morpheme and morph, stem and affix, the course then moves on to examine the morpheme-to-morph mapping and realization (e.g. one-to-one mapping, cumulative, multiple or zero realization), as well as allomorphy and its types (cf. phonologically-conditioned allomorphy vs. suppletion). It then proceeds to investigate morphological processes such as inflection, derivation and compounding and the criteria employed to distinguish between them; reference is also made to intermediate cases that resist straightforward classification under one or the other process. At the same time, different theoretical models are presented for the understanding and analysis of empirical data. These are largely distinguished on the basis of the core morphological unit they endorse; for Item-and-Arrangement models this is the morpheme, for Item-and-Process models it is the root/stem and for Word-and-Paradigm models it is the word. Throughout the course, examples from a variety of languages are used with frequent reference to English and students are trained in the analysis of morphological data.
word structure, inflection, derivation, compounding, word formation rules
Additional bibliography for study
Aronoff, Mark & Kirsten Fudeman. 2011. What is morphology? Wiley.
Haspelmath, Martin & Andrea Sims. 2010. Understanding Morphology. Routledge
Booij, G. 2005. The Grammar of Words. Oxford: OUP.
Fábregas, Antonio & Sergio Scalise. 2012. Morphology. From Data to Theories. Edinburgh University Press.
Harley, Heidi. 2006. English Words. Blackwell.
Hippisley, Andrew & Gregory Stump. 2016. The Cambridge Handbook of Morphology. Cambridge: CUP
Lieber, R. 2009. Introducing Morphology. Cambridge: CUP.
Plag, Ingo. 2003. Word Formation in English. Cambridge: CUP.
Stewart, Thomas. 2016. Contemporary Morphological Theories. Edinburgh University Press.