This book provides the first fully-fledged description of the morphological system of Dutch written in English. Inflection, derivation, and compounding are each discussed in separate chapters, following a short exposition of the theoretical framework of the book. The interaction of morphology with phonology and with syntax is dealt with subsequently. The chapters also provide access to more detailed studies of Dutch that have appeared in the international literature. This book shows that the morphology of Dutch poses many interesting descriptive and theoretical challenges, and that its detailed analysis can contribute to ongoing theoretical discussions on the nature of word formation processes, the relation between syntagmatic and paradigmatic structure, rule-base versus constraint-based grammar, and the interface between morphology, phonology, syntax, and semantics. The book will be of relevance to students of Germanic languages, general linguists, typologists, computational linguists, and psycholinguists.
`The Morphology of Dutch is an excellent blend of descriptive detail and theoretical insight. Booij provides a clear and readable overview of the facts whilst at the same time succinctly pinpointing phenomena which are of particular theoretical importance. This book will be of immense value to all those interested either in Dutch linguistics or in theoretical morphology.
Andrew Spencer, Professor of Linguistics, University of Essex
`Geert Booij here makes accessible to the general linguist the work that he and his colleagues have been doing on Dutch morphology for twenty-five years. This book is a gold mine, both for those who know the subject and
for those who are new to it. As an up-to-date overview of the morphology of a single major language, it is unsurpassed.
Mark Aronoff, Professor of Linguistics, Stony Brook
2: The Inflectional System
5: The Interface of Morphology and Phonology
6: The Morphology-Syntax Interface
7: Conclusions: The Architecture of the Grammar