Linguistics colloquium: Lior Laks

08/03/2016 - 14:00 - 15:30

Lior Laks, Bar Ilan University

Title: Hebrew agent nouns: Competing patterns and doublets formation

Abstract: This talk examines the formation of Hebrew agent nouns (ANs) and their relation to the verbal system. I examine the criteria for selecting morphological patterns as well as cases of variation. I argue that pattern selection is to a great extent predictable based on morphological relations between the verb and the derived AN. In addition, semantic transparency in compound formation triggers morphological change where ANs take an additional form. The study highlights the importance of morphological and semantic transparency in word formation and its implications for morphological competition.

Location: Building 403 Room 101