This pocket-sized alphabetic guide introduces terms used in the study of linguistic morphology, the study of the structure of words. The importance of morphology has been more clearly recognised in recent linguistic theory, and this glossary thus covers an area of growing interest. Clearly written by a leading authority in the field, the glossary provides coverage of both traditional and contemporary terminology.
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It is becoming the norm for morphology textbooks (in fact most linguistics textbooks) to have glossaries in the back of the book, but nothing compares to the scope and level of explanation found in A Glossary of Morphology. The scholarship is superior, the introduction is well written and helpful, and the indexes are well organised. The cross-referencing between glossary entries is also very useful and well done.
A good choice for students of linguistics (specifically undergraduate students) as well as for anyone desiring to acquire additional knowledge of specific morphological terms. …
The definitions and explanations found in the Glossary are clearly written, precise and carefully worded. At the same time, they avoid linguistic jargon and specialist technical vocabulary as much as possible.... On the back cover of this book one may read the opinion of Andrew Spencer that the ‘Glossary of Morphology should prove to be a very useful teaching-aid.’ With the benefit of hindsight, having used the Glossary in my morphology class, I may add that it is extremely useful. Indeed, it may serve as ‘first aid’ for both the teacher and the student. But a theoretical linguist is also likely to benefit from it.
Useful for specialists in related fields, including anthropology, philosophy, computer science and language pedagogy. [An] essential resource for undergraduates pursuing studies in morphology, and indeed, for graduate students and professional linguists whose specialisations are outside of morphology.