© 2005

Handbook of Word-Formation

  • Pavol Štekauer
  • Rochelle Lieber
  • The most comprehensive book to date on word formation in terms of scope of topics, schools and theoretical positions

  • All contributions were written by the leading scholars in their respective areas


Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-4
  2. Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy
    Pages 5-23
  3. Ellen M. Kaisse
    Pages 25-47
  4. Gregory T. Stump
    Pages 49-71
  5. Andrew Spencer
    Pages 73-97
  6. Dieter Kastovsky
    Pages 99-124
  7. Sergio Scalise, Emiliano Guevara
    Pages 147-187
  8. Robert Beard, Mark Volpe
    Pages 189-205
  9. Pavol Štekauer
    Pages 207-232
  10. David Tuggy
    Pages 233-265
  11. Wolfgang U. Dressler
    Pages 267-284
  12. Peter Ackema, Ad Neeleman
    Pages 285-313
  13. Laurie Bauer
    Pages 315-334
  14. Franz Rainer
    Pages 335-352
  15. Peter Hohenhaus
    Pages 353-373
  16. Rochelle Lieber
    Pages 375-427
  17. Bogdan Szymanek
    Pages 429-448
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 449-470

About this book


This volume, intended both for advanced students and scholars of linguistics, traces the many strands of study in the field of word formation that have developed since the seminal work of Marchand and Lees in the 1960s.

In mapping the state of the art in the field of word formation, it avoids a biased approach by presenting different, but mutually complementary frameworks within which research into word formation has taken place.

It covers the historical development of theories of word formation within generative grammar, and affords a solid introduction to the treatment of word formation in cognitive grammar, natural morphology, optimality theory, Lexeme Morpheme Base Morphology, onomasiological theory, and other recent frameworks.

Each topic is presented by an expert who has contributed significantly to the field. In addition to surveying theoretical developments from both European and North American perspectives, it looks specifically at individual English word formation processes (derivation, compounding, conversion) and reviews some of the ways in which they have been analyzed since Marchand’s comprehensive treatment nearly five decades ago.


Derivation Index Lexeme Morpheme Syntax grammar language linguistics morphology subject

Editors and affiliations

  • Pavol Štekauer
    • 1
  • Rochelle Lieber
    • 2
  1. 1.Prešov UniversityPrešovSlovakia
  2. 2.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Word-Formation
  • Editors Pavol Štekauer
    Rochelle Lieber
  • Series Title Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3595-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4020-3597-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-3596-8
  • Series ISSN 0924-4670
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 470
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Grammar
    Linguistics, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site