Free Shipping in the UK
Proud to be B-Corp

English Nouns Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire)

English Nouns By Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire)

English Nouns by Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire)

Condition - New
Only 2 left


English Nouns explores the mechanisms by which English nominalizations come to have a variety of readings depending on their syntactic context. It debunks previous syntactic treatments using data from the Corpus of Contemporary American English (Davies, 2008) and proposes a lexical semantic analysis within Lieber's Lexical Semantic Framework (2004).

English Nouns Summary

English Nouns: The Ecology of Nominalization by Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire)

Using extensive data from the Corpus of Contemporary American English (Davies, 2008), this groundbreaking book shows that the syntactic patterns in which English nominalizations can be found and the range of possible readings they can express are very different from what has been claimed in past theoretical treatments, and therefore that previous treatments cannot be correct. Lieber argues that the relationship between form and meaning in the nominalization processes of English is virtually never one-to-one, but rather forms a complex web that can be likened to a derivational ecosystem. Using the Lexical Semantic Framework (LSF), she develops an analysis that captures the interrelatedness and context dependence of nominal readings, and suggests that the key to the behavior of nominalizations is that their underlying semantic representations are underspecified in specific ways and that their ultimate interpretation must be fixed in context using processes available within the LSF.

About Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire)

Rochelle Lieber is Professor of Linguistics at the University of New Hampshire, where she teaches a wide range of courses on theoretical linguistics and the English language. She is the recipient of the Carpenter Professorship (2016) and the Lindberg Award for Outstanding Teacher and Scholar in Liberal Arts (2013) from the University of New Hampshire, and the Bloomfield Award given by the Linguistic Society of America for the Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology (with Laurie Bauer and Ingo Plag, 2015). She is the author of four previous monographs and over fifty articles and book chapters on morphology and related topics, and is the co-editor of three handbooks on morphology.

Table of Contents

Part I. Preliminaries: 1. Introduction; 2. Terminology and methodology: 2.1 Terminology; 2.2 Methodology; Part II. Data: 3. Event/result nominalizations: 3.1 Previous claims; 3.2 Nineteen questions; 3.3 Adding it all up; 4. Nominalizations as a derivational ecosystem: 4.1 The derivational ecosystem; 4.2 Forms and readings; 4.3 Inanimate patient nouns; 4.4 Conclusion; Part III. Nominalization within the LSF: 5. A lexical semantic approach to nominalization: the basics: 5.1 Recap of the LSF; 5.2 E versus R skeletons: a first pass; 6. The eventive reading: 6.1 ATK nominalizations with the eventive reading; 6.2 -ing nominalizations; 6.3 Conversion nouns; 6.4 A note on simplex nouns; 6.5 Conclusion; 7. Referential readings: 7.1 Basic skeletons; 7.2 Referential readings for ATK, -ing, and conversion Ns; 7.3 Personal and participant nominalizations; 7.4 Abstract nominalizations; 7.5 Collectives; 7.6 Underpopulated habitats; 7.7 Modal and evaluative elements of affixal meaning; 7.8 Conclusion; 8. Nominalizations and compounding in the LSF: 8.1 Claims; 8.2 The corpus data; 8.3 The LSF analysis; 8.4 Conclusions and loose ends; 9. Nouns in the wild.

Additional information

English Nouns: The Ecology of Nominalization by Rochelle Lieber (University of New Hampshire)
Cambridge University Press
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a new book - be the first to read this copy. With untouched pages and a perfect binding, your brand new copy is ready to be opened for the first time

Customer Reviews - English Nouns