Evaluative Morphology from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective

This book presents the results of the first interdisciplinary approach to evaluative morphology based on the intersection of evaluative morphology and areal typology, and provides the first large-scale typological research based on a sample of 200 languages. Furthermore, it also represents the first work dealing with evaluative morphology as a feature of Standard Average European by comparing the SAE and world samples. Methodologically, it introduces the parameter of Evaluative Morphology Saturation, which identifies the richness of evaluative morphology in individual languages by reflecting the semantic, word-class and word-formation aspects of evaluative morphology.

As such, this book provides a new and innovative approach to studying the semantics of evaluative morphology and evaluative-formation, represented by two cognitively founded models, a radial model of EM semantics and a model of evaluative formation. It is also the first contrastive psycholinguistic work that studies phonetic iconicity in evaluative morphology by way of experimental research into five different age groups of informants speaking three different languages.


Lívia Körtvélyessy is a Senior Lecturer at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Košice, Slovakia. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the Slovak Academy of Sciences in 2008, and in 2013 she was awarded the habilitation degree from ELTE University, Budapest. Her fields of expertise include evaluative morphology, word formation and linguistic typology. She is the author of a monograph (published in Slovak) on the influence of sociolinguistic factors on word-formation and a co-author (with P. Štekauer and S. Valera) of Word-formation in the world’s languages (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

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ISBN: 1-4438-7160-5

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7160-0

Release Date: 3rd February 2015

Pages: 277

Price: £47.99

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