An Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies - Second Edition - Anne McCabe

An Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies - Second Edition - Anne McCabe

Words and their Meanings: Morphology and Semantics

An Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies - Second Edition - Anne McCabe

Anne McCabe [+-]
Saint Louis University
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Anne McCabe is a faculty member of the English Department at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus, Spain, where she teaches linguistics, ESL and writing pedagogy to undergraduate and graduate students. She has published widely on application of Systemic Functional Linguistics to analysis of educational and media texts including An Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies (Equinox).

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Chapter 3 opens with considerations of the difficult to define concept of ‘word’. It then turns to the morpheme, or the smallest unit of meaning in language. Morphology, which has a long and rich tradition in linguistics, is the area of linguistics which studies morphemes and the ways in which morphemes combine together into larger units of meaning. The chapter explains the different classes of morphemes (derivational and inflectional, root and stem, free and bound,) and demonstrates the various forms of morpheme affixation which exist in languages from around the world. It further goes on to explain morphonemics, which brings together considerations of phonology and morphology. The chapter also includes a section on semantics, or the study of meaning, touching on semiotics, sense and reference, semantic relations among words (synonymy, polysemy, etc.), componential analysis, and thematic roles.

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McCabe, Anne . Words and their Meanings: Morphology and Semantics. An Introduction to Linguistics and Language Studies - Second Edition. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 92-129 Feb 2017. ISBN 9781781794333. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30692. Date accessed: 27 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30692. Feb 2017

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