Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Morphology (LASC11120)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course will introduce postgraduate students with little or no knowledge of linguistic morphology to the study of this subdiscipline of formal linguistics. It will be similar to the way the topic is presented elsewhere in LEL's curricula; but (appropriate to postgraduate study) it will progress rapidly and reach a fairly high level of attainment within comparatively few contact hours. In line with the mainstream of successful research in past decades, the course will have a focus on linguistic form (rather than meaning), but will otherwise seek to be fairly theory-neutral. It will draw on English where possible but will, for example in addressing typological issues, also use other languages for exemplification (eg Turkish, Latin, German).
Topics to be covered: Discussion of basic concepts: word, morpheme, lexeme. Inflection vs. derivation. A survey of the derivational morphology of English. Headedness. The Unitary Base Hypothesis. Rival morphological processes and 'blocking'. The mental lexicon, lexical accessing and 'productivity'. Compounding in English and the Lexical Integrity Principle. The lexicon-syntax 'continuum' and its problems. Interactions between morphology, syntax and phonology.
Feedback: individual student meetings to discuss assessment plans
Example of topics covered:
- Trying to define the word. Listedness. Morphological complexity.
- The morpheme and the problems of constraining allomorphy. Lexemes and word forms.
- Inflection, paradigm and inflectional typology.
- Derivation and the problems of the inflection/derivation distinction.
- Survey of the derivational morphology of English. Headedness. Unitary Base Hypothesis.
- The mental lexicon: lexical accessing, morphological productivity.
- 'Rival' processes: why do they exist, how do they interact? Listedness. Synonymy blocking.
- Compounds, phrases and the 'lexical integrity principle'.
- Modularizing the lexicon. The nature of grammatical modules.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| The course will enable students to understand the basics of the morphology of English, of morphological theorising, and of the modularization of the grammar. At the end of the course students will be ready to take more advanced option course(s) on the subject; high-performing students may be able to engage in relevant dissertation work.
|Bauer, L. A glossary of morphology. Edinburgh 2004.|
Bauer, L. Introduction to linguistic morphology. 2nd edn. Edinburgh 2003.
Booij, G. The grammar of words. 2nd edn.Oxford 2007.
Carstairs-McCarthy, A. An introduction to English morphology. Edinburgh 2002.
Don, J. English morphology. Edinburgh (to appear).
Fabregas, A. & S. Scalise, Morphology. Edinburgh 2012.
Lieber, R. & P. ┐tekauer, Handbook of word-formation. Dordrecht 2006.
Marchand, H. The categories and types of Present-day English word-formation. Munich 1969.
Plag, I. Word-formation in English. Cambridge 2002.
Spencer, A. & A. Zwicky (eds.), The handbook of morphology. Oxford 1998.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Heinz Giegerich
Tel: (0131 6)50 3595
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188