How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
The Grammar of Words
An Introduction to Linguistic Morphology, 2nd edition
Geert Booij's popular textbook on the internal structure of words has been revised and updated. It includes a new chapter on the field's most notorious problem: the status of the word. It also has a full glossary of terms. The book covers every aspect of theory and the practical analysis of words and is the only introductory text to explore the role of morphology in processes of linguistic change and in the operations in the mind.