"I′m enormously impressed by the scope and depth of The Handbook of Morphology. The coverage is broadly inclusive, without sacrificing depth in the discussion of individual issues. The range of topics covered shows us just how far the study of words, their forms and their structures has penetrated into the core of linguistics since the 1960s, when many thought there was no distinct content to morphology, and everything interesting was either syntax or phonology." Stephen R. Anderson, Yale University <!––end––>"Its range is outstanding. Every chapter provides new insights and challenges. I think that, like its companion volume, The Handbook of Phonological Theory , it is destined to become a standard reference in its field." Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington " The Handbook of Morphology, edited by two outstanding morphologists, will be much appreciated by the linguistic community at large. It will serve as a guide for graduate students in linguistics, and for all those researchers who need a reliable survey of current issues and insights in morphology ... Spencer and Zwicky should be thanked for having created such a fine research tool for Linguistics." Geert Booij, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam "This impressive volume is the first handbook of morphology. It′s pioneering status is confirmed by an unprecedented range of topics, not to be found in any existing monograph in the domain of morphology ... I do not know any other book which offers such easy access to all the basics of modern morphology and to such a wide variety of topics." W.U. Dressler, University of Vienna "Strongly theoretic, the handbook is none the less pleasingly rich in carefully explored data, and fits in well with the other volumes in the series of Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics" Forum for Modern Language Skills, Vol 39, 2003
From the Back Cover
Interest in morphology has undergone rapid growth over the past two decades and the area is now seen as crucially important, both in relation to other aspects of grammar and in relation to other disciplines. The Handbook of Morphology brings together articles by authors at the forefront of this research effort. The chapters deal with traditional issues such as inflection, derivation, compounding, productivity, and various aspects of the interface question, the relationship between morphology and phonology, syntax, and semantics. Other chapters offer briefer discussions of specific questions that have more recently become the focus of attention. A further set of chapters explores the role of morphology in a wider perspective: language change, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition. The Handbook concludes with a set of morphological sketches of a typologically and genetically diverse set of languages, each illustrating one or more particularly interesting morphological traits.
About the Author
Andrew Spencer is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Essex. He has published on the theory of morphophonology and on a variety of topics in morphology. He is currently working on argument structure alternations in Russian verb classes and their nominalizations. He is author of two textbooks, Morphological Theory and Phonology (both published by Blackwell Publishers). Arnold M. Zwicky is Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University and Ohio State University. He has published in all the major linguistics journals, with contributions to the fields of phonology, morphology, syntax and, perhaps most notably, the interrelations between these domains. He is particularly well–known for his contributions to morphophonological theory, inflectional morphology, and the theory of clitics. His first essays on clitics twenty years ago stimulated a flurry of research from a variety of scholars in what continues to be an important and developing area. In addition, he has edited a variety of collections on specific themes, including most recently serial verbs and second position clitics (with A. Halpern).