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The Construction of Words

Advances in Construction Morphology

  • Geert Booij

Part of the Studies in Morphology book series (SUMO, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Theoretical Issues

  4. Studies of Specific Languages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Dany Amiot, Delphine Tribout
      Pages 201-217
    3. Giorgio Francesco Arcodia, Bianca Basciano
      Pages 219-253
    4. Bożena Cetnarowska
      Pages 287-313
    5. Stuart Davis, Natsuko Tsujimura
      Pages 315-339
    6. Natsuko Tsujimura, Stuart Davis
      Pages 373-398
    7. Gerhard B. van Huyssteen
      Pages 399-437
  5. Diachronic Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 439-439

About this book


This volume focuses on detailed studies of various aspects of Construction Morphology, and combines theoretical analysis and descriptive detail. It deals with data from several domains of linguistics and contributes to an integration of findings from various subdisciplines of linguistics into a common model of the architecture of language. It presents applications and extensions of the model of Construction Morphology to a wide range of languages.

Construction Morphology is one of the theoretical paradigms in present-day morphology. It makes use of concepts of Construction Grammar for the analysis of word formation and inflection. Complex words are seen as constructions, that is, pairs of form and meaning. Morphological patterns are accounted for by construction schemas. These are the recipes for coining new words and word forms, and they motivate the properties of existing complex words. Both schemas and individual words are stored, and hence there is no strict separation of lexicon and grammar. In addition to abstract schemas there are subschemas for subclasses of complex words with specific properties. This architecture of the grammar is in harmony with findings from other empirical domains of linguistics such as language acquisition, word processing, and language change


construction morphology construction grammar mental lexicon architecture of grammar constructional change word construction linguistic morphology

Editors and affiliations

  • Geert Booij
    • 1
  1. 1.Leiden University Center of LinguisticsUniversity of LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands

About the editors

Geert Booij is emeritus professor of linguistics at the University of Leiden, and the author of a large number of articles and books on phonology and morphology.  His present research focuses on theories of the architecture of grammar, in particular Construction Morphology. He is a founder and former editor of the journal Morphology and its predecessor, the series Yearbook of Morphology.  He is an honorary member of the Linguistic Society of America. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Construction of Words
  • Book Subtitle Advances in Construction Morphology
  • Editors Geert Booij
  • Series Title Studies in Morphology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Morphology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-74393-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08979-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-74394-3
  • Series ISSN 2214-0042
  • Series E-ISSN 2214-0050
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 622
  • Number of Illustrations 111 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Morphology
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“This book is a valuable resource as it provides new approaches and answers to issues involving word structure in general as well as morphological phenomena in specific languages. … the volume is a unified piece of work in terms of content and formatting. All the articles in the book are formatted in a consistent way. The cited works are all included in the references.” (Saizhu Hu, The Linguist List,, November, 2018)