Professor of English and Linguistics Rochelle Lieber has published the second edition of her textbook “Introducing Morphology” (Cambridge University Press, November 30, 2015). Morphology is the study of how words are put together. A lively introduction to the subject, this textbook is intended for undergraduates with relatively little background in linguistics. Providing data from a wide variety of languages, it includes hands-on activities such as ‘challenge’ boxes, designed to encourage students to gather their own data and analyze it, work with data on websites, perform simple experiments, and discuss topics with each other. There is also an extensive introduction to the terms and concepts necessary for analyzing words. Unlike other textbooks it anticipates the question ‘is it a real word?’ and tackles it head on by looking at the distinction between dictionaries and the mental lexicon. This second edition has been thoroughly updated, including new examples and exercises as well as a detailed introduction to using linguistic corpora to find and analyze morphological data.
Rochelle Lieber is a theoretical linguist specializing in morphology and the mental lexicon. She has published nine books, the most recent of which are “The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology” (Oxford University Press 2014, with Pavol Stekauer), “The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology” (Oxford University Press 2013, with Laurie Bauer and Ingo Plag), “Introducing Morphology” (Cambridge University Press 2010), and “The Oxford Handbook of Compounding” (OUP 2009, with Pavol Stekauer). She has also published over 50 articles, reviews, and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.