UNH Linguist Publishes 10th Book

November 21, 2016

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Rochelle Lieber, professor of English and linguistics, has released her 10th volume, “English Nouns: The Ecology of Nominalization” published by Cambridge University Press. The book explores English nominalizations, defined as complex nouns that are derived from verbs, adjectives and other nouns (for example, the noun “legalization” derives from the verb “legalize”).

Lieber uses data from Corpus of Contemporary American English to show that the syntactic patterns in which English nominalizations can be found and the range of possible readings they can express are very different from what has been claimed in past theoretical treatments. She argues that the relationship between form and meaning in the nominalization processes of English is virtually never one-to-one, but rather forms a complex web that can be likened to a derivational ecosystem.

“English Nouns: The Ecology of Nominalization” is available from the publisher and major online retailers.


Rochelle Lieber Publishes Updated Text on Word Formation

November 23, 2015

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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.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.


UNH Linguist Honored with Book Award from Linguistic Society of America

December 3, 2014

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Professor of linguistics Rochelle Lieber has been awarded the Linguistic Society of America’s Leonard Bloomfield Book Award for her book, co-authored with by Laurie Bauer and Ingo Plag, The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology, published by Oxford University Press in August of 2013. This award recognizes the volume that makes the most outstanding contribution to the development of our understanding of language and linguistics. The award will be presented during a ceremony in Portland, Oregon, in January.


The 2013 Trout Scholars

May 1, 2013
B. Thomas Trout

B. Thomas Trout

Four students have been awarded B. Thomas Trout Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts to support their study abroad experiences.

Laura Bello, a Spanish major, will be studying nutrition in the UNH-in-Italy summer program in Ascoli Piceno, Italy.

Cory McKenzie, a history and philosophy double major, will be studying Roman architecture and history in the Rome January Term program.

Melanie Platt, a linguistics major–and avid painter, will be studying art in the UNH-in-Italy summer program.

Brianna Smith, a fine arts major, will be studying art in the UNH-in-Italy summer program.

The late B. Thomas Trout was a professor of political science and an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts. Throughout his career, Professor Trout actively and tirelessly promoted international studies as a vital part of the college curriculum. He was equally dedicated to the development of study abroad programs for undergraduates, convinced that expanding the range of international study opportunities for American college students was integral to their understanding of a complicated world.

In Professor Trout’s honor, the College of Liberal Arts established the B. Thomas Trout Scholars Fund, which supports annually up to five College of Liberal Arts undergraduate students with outstanding academic records and financial need, allowing them to participate in a UNH-managed study abroad program in the College.


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