The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
Grundlagen der Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Band 25
Serving as a basic introduction to the field of English morphology and word- formation, this book also tries to advance the state-of-the-art in this field in a number of respects. The author takes his readers gently through the basic notions in English morphology and word-formation and discusses problematic areas and definitorial questions. All chapters are approached systematically from three different angles focusing on structural, cognitive and sociopragmatic aspects of the field. In this way, new perspectives are opened particularly on the development and establishment of new complex words, on the cognitive functions of word-formation patterns and on the field of conversion.