Morphology and semantics

Geert Booij

in The Grammar of Words

Second edition

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226245
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191710360 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

Morphology and semantics

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The semantic interpretation of complex words is governed by the general principle of compositionality. The semantic scope of morphosyntactic properties of words may be larger than the word on which they are marked. Polysemy is a pervasive phenomenon on the domain of word formation, and can be explained through general mechanisms of meaning extension such as metaphor and metonymy.

Keywords: compositionality; meaning; interpretation; bracketing paradox; semantic extension; semantic scope

Chapter.  7244 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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