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Edinburgh Handbook of Evaluative Morphology

Edited by Nicola Grandi, Livia Kortvelyessy

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Reviews and debates the latest theoretical approaches to evaluative morphology

With examples drawn from over 200 world languages, this ground-breaking volume presents a state-of-the-art overview of evaluative morphology. Offering an innovative approach to major theoretical questions, the Edinburgh Handbook analyses the field from a cross-linguistic perspective, considering semantic, pragmatic and sociolinguistic aspects, as well as word-formation processes and evaluative morphology acquisition. Complementing the synchronic approach with a diachronic perspective, this study establishes a picture of intriguing diversity in evaluative morphology manifestations, and offers a comprehensive analysis of the situation in dozens of languages and language families.

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1.Introduction: why evaluative morphology? Nicola Grandi and Lívia Körtvélyessy

2.The semantics of evaluative morphology, Victor M. Prieto

3.Evaluative morphology and pragmatics, Lavinia Merlini Barbaresi

4.Word formation processes in evaluative morphology, Pavol Štekauer

5.Evaluative morphology and language universals, Livia Körtvélyessy

6.The place of evaluation within morphology, Nicola Grandi

7.Evaluative morphology and number/gender, Nicola Grandi

8.Evaluative morphology and aspect/actionality, Lucia Tovena

9.Evaluative morphology and sociolinguistic variation, Livio Gaeta

10.Evaluative morphology and language acquisition, Wolfgang Dressler and Katharina Korecky-Kröll

11.Evaluative morphology in a diachronic perspective, Katrin Mutz

12.Evaluative Morphology in sign languages, Giulia Petitta, Isabella Chiari, Alessio di Renzo

13.Evaluative morphology in Pidgin and Creoles, Barbara Turchetta


14.Evaluative morphology from a cross linguistic perspective. Introduction to the descriptive chapters, Livia Körtvélyessy

15 Eurasia

15.1 Basque, Xabier Artiagoitia

15.2 Catalan, Elisenda Bernal

15.3 Georgian, Manana Topadze Gäumann

15.4 Hungarian, Ferenc Kiefer and Boglárka Németh

15.5 Israeli Hebrew, Noam Faust

15.6 Ket, Edward Vajda

15.7 Latvian, Andra Kalnača

15.8 Luxembourgish, Peter Gilles

15.9 Modern Greek, Dimitra Melissaropoulou

15.10 Nivkh, Ekaterina Gruzdeva

15.11 Persian, Negar Davari Ardakani and Mahdiye Arvin

15.12 Slovak, Renáta Gregová

15.13 Swedish, Arne Olofsson

15.14 Tatar, Fatma Şahan Güney

15.15 Telugu, Pingali Sailaja

15.16 Udihe, Maria Tolskaya

16 South-East Asia and Oceania

16.1 Apma, Cindy Schneider

16.2 Chinese, Giorgio Francesco Arcodia

16.3 Lisu, David Bradley

16.4 Muna, René van den Berg

16.5 Tagalog, Carl Rubino

16.6 Tibetan, Nathan W. Hill and Camille Simon

16.7 Yami, Victoria Rau and Hui-Huan Ann Chang

17 Australia-New Guinea

17.1 Dalabon, Nicholas Evans and Maïa Ponsonnet

17.2 Iatmul, Gerd Jendraschek

17.3 Jingulu, Rob Pensalfini

17.4 Kaurna, Robert Amery

17.5 Rembarrnga, Adam Saulwick

17.6 Warlpiri, Margit Bowler

17.7 Yukulta and its relatives Kayardild and Lardil, Erich Round

18 Africa

18.1 Berber, Nicola Grandi

18.2 Classical and Moroccan Arabic, Nora Arbaoui

18.3 Ewe, Yvonne Agbetsoamedo and Paul Agbedor

18.4 Kɔnni, Michael Cahill

18.5 Sɛlɛɛ, Yvonne Agbetsoamedo and Francesca Di Garbo

18.6 Shona, Rose-Marie Déchaine, Raphaël Girard, Calisto Mudzingwa and Martina Wiltschko

18.7 Somali, Nicola Lampitelli

18.8 Zulu, Andrew van der Spuy and Lwazi Mjiyako

19 North America

19.1 Cabécar, Guillermo González Campos

19.2 Choctaw, Marcia Haag

19.3 Dena'ina, Olga Lovick

19.4 Huautla Mazatec, Jean Léo Léonard

19.5 Huave, Maurizio Gnerre

19.6 Inuktitut, Richard Compton

19.7 Plains Cree, Arok Wolvengrey

19.8 Slavey, Olga Lovick and Keren Rice

20 South America

20.1 Jaqaru, Olga Birioukova and M.J Hardman

20.2 Kwaza, Hein van der Voort

20.3 Lule, Raoul Zamponi and Willem J. de Reuse

20.4 Toba, Paola Cúneo

20.5 Wichi, Verónica Nercesian

20.6 Yurakare, Rik van Gijn

About the Author

Nicola Grandi is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bologna. His research interests include morphology, linguistic typology and language contact. He is the author of two previous monographs on evaluative morphology: Morfologie in Contatto and I Verbi Deverbali Suffissati in Italiano. He co-authored Lingue d’Europa (with E. Banfi) and co-edited Le Lingue Extraeuropee (with E. Banfi) and is the author of numerous articles on evaluative morphology.

Lívia Körtvélyessy is a lecturer at P.J. Šafárik University, Kosice. Her research interests include word formation from cross-linguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives, and cross-linguistic research into morphology. She is the author of a monograph on the sociolinguistic aspects of word-formation productivity (in 2010, published in Slovak) and she has just published Word Formation in the World’s Languages: A Typological Survey (with Pavol Stekauer and Salvador Valera) with Cambridge University Press.


Linguists of every stripe will long be indebted to Grandi and Körtvélyessy for assembling this monumental volume, both for its authoritative chapters on the theoretical and typological significance of evaluative morphology and for its chapters detailing the varied manifestations of this morphology in a large and well-chosen sample of languages.

- Professor Gregory Stump, University of Kentucky

Grandi and Körtvélyessy have succeeded in compiling a highly informative, well-structured and well-written volume that will be the standard reference work for anyone interested in EM for the years to come.

- Stefan Hartmann, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz , Linguist List