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LIN3041 -- Intro to Linguistics -- Week 6 Notes

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These notes cover Chapter 4 material on Morphology.
Introduction to Linguistics
Dr. Gretchen Sunderman
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Linguistics, Language, LIN, LIN3041, morphology
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Date Created: 02/11/16
LIN3041 – Intro to Linguistics – 2/9&2/11 Tuesday, February 9 th Chapter 4 -- Morphology Definitions:  Lexicon o My definition -- your mental dictionary, where vocabulary is Definition -- a speaker's mental dictionary which contain information about the syntactic properties, meaning an phonological representation of a language's words  Word o My definition -- smallest unit that can stand alone Definition -- the smallest free form found in any language  Free form o My definition -- smallest unit that can't stand alone Definition -- an element that can occur in isolation and/or whose position with respect to neighboring elements is not entirely fixed o Dinosaurs are extinct.  Dinosaur are -s extinct.  -s would be a free form  Morpheme o My definition -- variations of the same root Definition -- the smallest unit of language that carries information about meaning or function. o Books has two morphemes book and -s  Simple/complex word o Simple/My definition -- words that don't have an affix added to them Definition -- A word that consists of a simple morpheme (horse) o Complex/My definition -- words that have affixes added to form other meanings Definition -- A word that contains two or more morphemes (unemployment) o Free/bound morpheme o Free/My definition -- morphemes that can stand alone Definition -- A morpheme that can be a word by itself (fear) o Bound/My definition -- morphemes that can't stand alone Definition -- A morpheme that must be attached to another element (the past tense marker -ed) o Allomorph o My definition -- variation of a morpheme o Definition -- variant form of a morpheme  a/an --> allomorphs for the article a  Cats/dogs/judges Analyzing word structure  Complex words contain a root morpheme and one or more affixes  Root morphemes belong to a lexical category  Affixes do not belong to a lexical category and are always bound morphemes LIN3041 – Intro to Linguistics – 2/9&2/11 Affixation Prefix -- attached to the front of the base Suffix -- attached to the back of the base Infix -- occurs within the base  Infixes in Arabic: Katab 'write' Kutib 'have been writing' Aktub 'be writing' Uktab 'being written'  Infixes in English? Fantastic --> Fan-fricken-tastic Cinderella --> Cinde-fricken-rella o We can infix but really only swear words (with the F word)  "certain expletive in colloquial expressions"  Not random --- expletive precedes main stress of word Analyzing word structure Trees:  A base is the form to which an affix is added: in many cases it is the root - but not always  English morphology is word-based (the majority of complex words in English are built from roots that are free morphemes) o Some exceptions (unkempt, receive, permit, etc.) Derivation  Affixational process that forms a word with a meaning and/or category distinct from that of its base  Derived words are independent lexical items that receive their own entry in a speaker's mental dictionary Writer: o Verb base 'write' o + suffix 'er' [one who does X] o Resulting Noun writer Complex Derivation Unhappiness must be treed a certain way: The suffix –ness can only be added to an adjective Constraints on Derivation  Assistant but not helpant LIN3041 – Intro to Linguistics – 2/9&2/11 o Some things are Greek and others are Latin, you can't mix a Greek root with a Latin prefix or vice versa  Whiten but not bluen o -en can't be added to another vowel  Prettier but not funner o Pretty is an adjective, fun is a noun  You can't put the comparative on a noun Two classes of derivational affixes Class 1: triggers change in consonant or vowel segments of the base and may affect stress placement Class 2: phonologically neutral Class 2 usually cannot intervene between the root and a Class 1 affix Thursday, February 11 th Compounding  The combination of two already existent words  Resulting compound word is a noun, verb, or adjective  Rightmost category determines the category of the word (head) Heads? o Bluebird  Bird -- N o Underestimate  Estimate -- V o Red hot  Hot -- A o Greenhouse  House -- N Properties of compounds  Adjectives + Noun compounds more prominent stress on first component o Greénhouse vs. green hoúse o Wét suit vs. wet suít  Tense and plural markets cannot typically be attached to the first element o Drop kick the ball  Drop kicked the ball  Dropped kick the ball Endocentric compounds  Compound denoting a subtype of the concept denoted by its head o Fire truck o Dog food o Bath towel Exocentric compounds  The meaning of the compound does not follow from the head o Redhead LIN3041 – Intro to Linguistics – 2/9&2/11 o Redneck Compounds in other languages  Incorporation: the combination of a word (usually a noun) with a verb to form a compound verb o English -- babysitting, housecleaning Inflection  The modification of a word's form (through affixation, internal change, reduplication, or suppletion) to indicate the grammatical subclass to which it belongs Inflection in English o Plural -s o Possessive 's o 3 person singular non-past -s o Progressive -ing o Past tense -ed o Past participle -en/ed o Comparative -er o Superlative -est Inflection vs. Derivation  Category change o Inflection does NOT change category or type of meaning  Order o Derivation before inflection  Productivity o Inflectional has more freedom How inflection is marked  Internal change o Substitute one nonmorphemic segment for another to mark a grammatical contrast  Sing/sang  Goose/geese  Suppletion o Morphological process that replaces a morpheme with an entirely different morpheme in order to indicate a grammatical contrast  Ir - fue  Reduplication o Marking a grammatical or semantic contrast by repeating all or part of the base it which it applies  Full -- gyzel ----> gyzel gyzel  Partial -- lakad ----> lalakad  Stress and tone placement o Présent vs. presént o Da(high tone) spanked / da (low tone) will spank LIN3041 – Intro to Linguistics – 2/9&2/11 Other inflectional phenomena  Case o Change in word's form to indicate its grammatical role (subject, DO, etc.)  Agreement o Word is inflected to match certain inflectional properties of another word Other types of word formation  Cliticization o Clitics are those elements that must be attached to a host. ['m, 's] o Clitics are members of lexical category (verb, noun, pronouns, prepositions) [different from a typical affix] o Enclitics o Proclitics  Conversion o Assign an already existing word to a new syntactic category  Butter - V derived from N  Zero derivation  Clipping o Shorten a polysyllabic word (prof, phys ed)  Most commonly occurs in names  Blends o Words created from non-morphemic parts of two already existing items  Brunch = breakfast + lunch  Liger = lion + tiger  Backformation o Create new words by removing a real or supposed affix from another word in the language  Donate -- from donation  Orient -- from orientation  Edit -- from editor  Acronyms o Words formed by taking the initial letters of the words in a phrase and pronouncing them as a word (UNICEF, AIDS, NAFTA)  Onomatopoeia o Words created to sound like the thing that they name  Cock-a-doodle-doo  Coinage (word manufacture) o Words created from scratch  Kodak o Brand names accepted as generic names  Kleenex o Eponyms LIN3041 – Intro to Linguistics – 2/9&2/11  Words that are coined from a person's name  James Watt -- Watt


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