Roots and Patterns

Hebrew Morpho-syntax

  • Maya¬†Arad

Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 63)

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Syntax Verb grammatical features language morpho-syntax morphology nouns semantic semantics syntactic verb morphology

Authors and affiliations

  • Maya¬†Arad
    • 1
  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/1-4020-3244-7
  • Copyright Information Springer 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-3243-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-3244-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4670
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