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.


COLA Faculty Honored with University Awards and Professorships

March 11, 2016

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Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts have been selected for a number of prestigious University awards.

Faculty university-wide awards for 2016 have gone to Gregory McMahon and Judy Sharkey. Gregory McMahon, Associate Professor of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies, won the Jean Brierley Award for Excellence in Teaching, recognizing excellence in teaching by a faculty member over the course of a long-term distinguished career at UNH. Judy Sharkey, Associate Professor of Education, won the Excellence in International Engagement Award, which recognizes exceptional international engagement by a UNH faculty member.

Excellence in Teaching Awards for 2016 have gone to Amy Boylan, Associate Professor of Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies; Stephanie Harzewski, Senior Lecturer in English; and Susan Siggelakis, Associate Professor of Political Science.

Four of the eight University professorships were awarded to College faculty. Victoria Banyard, Professor of Psychology, received the Class of 1941 Professorship Award, which honors a UNH faculty member for outstanding teaching and research or public service. David Kaye, Professor of Theatre, received the Class of 1940 Professorship Award, recognizing a UNH faculty member for outstanding interdisciplinary teaching and research. Rochelle Lieber, Professor of English and Linguistics, received the Carpenter Professorship, an award that honors an outstanding faculty member. Jason Sokol, Associate Professor of History, received the Arthur K. Whitcomb Professorship, recognizing excellence in teaching. The professorships carry three-year terms beginning July 1, 2016.

Marla Brettschneider, Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies, has been named the next Pamela Shulman Professor in European and Holocaust Studies, with a term beginning September 1, 2017. This College professorship recognizes an outstanding tenured faculty member who will contribute to the study of European and Holocaust studies in the classroom as well as in research.

The Center for the Humanities has named Meghan Howey, Associate Professor of Anthropology, the next James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of Humanities, a chair established to be a focal point for research and teaching on New Hampshire’s history, culture and government. Professor Howey’s five-year term begins in the fall of 2016.


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.


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