Providing an accessible introduction to the study of word-formation, this text focuses specifically on English. Assuming no prior linguistic knowledge, Ingo Plag explains the fundamentals of word-formation, demonstrating how morphemes--the elements of a word's internal structure--can function to relate words to other words, and to create new words. Students are encouraged to undertake their own morphological analysis of English words, and are introduced to the methodological tools for obtaining and analyzing relevant data.
Introduction; 1. Basic concepts; 2. Studying complex words; 3. Productivity and the mental lexicon; 4. Affixation; 5. Derivation without affixation; 6. Compounding; 7. Theoretical issues: modelling word-formation; Answer key to exercises.