1st Edition

English Morphology for the Language Teaching Profession

ISBN 9780367428013
Published February 12, 2020 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

This highly accessible book presents an overview of English morphology for all those involved in the English-language teaching industry. For non-native learners, the ability to recognize and produce new words in appropriate circumstances is a challenging task, and knowledge of the word-building system of English is essential to effective language learning. This book clearly explains the morphology of English from the point of view of the non-native learner and shows how teachers and professors can instruct EFL students successfully with effective materials.

Covering the scope of the task of teaching English morphology specifically to non-native learners of English, bestselling authors Bauer and Nation provide a range of strategies and tactics for straightforward instruction, and demonstrate how teachers of English as a foreign language can easily integrate learning of the morphological system into their language courses. This book helps teachers and learners make sensible decisions about where to focus deliberate attention, what to be careful about, and what not to be concerned about. It offers a range of shortcuts, tips and tricks for teaching, and gives detailed practical information on topics including:

  • Sound and spelling
  • Possessives
  • Comparative and superlative
  • Past tense and past participle
  • Making nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and words with prefixes
  • Learned word-formation.

This book is essential and practical reading for graduate students on English-language teaching courses, preservice teachers, consultants, practitioners, researchers and scholars in ELT.

Table of Contents

1. Learning English morphology

1.1 Word building

1.2 The scope of the task

1.3 The importance of morphological knowledge

1.4 What learners need to know

1.5 How to develop morphological knowledge

1.6 How to give deliberate attention to word parts

1.7 Testing knowledge about morphology

1.8 Applying the knowledge found in this book

2 Assumptions

3 Sound and spelling

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Sounds

3.3 Spelling rules

3.4 Sound rules

4 Plural of nouns

4.1 The regular case

4.2 Umlaut plurals

4.3 Plurals with voicing of the last base consonant sound

4.4 N-plurals

4.5 Regular plurals of nouns ending in <o>

4.6 Unmarked plurals

4.7 Foreign plurals

4.8 Plurals with an apostrophe

4.9 Problems with plurals

4.10 Words with only plural form

5 Possessives

5.1 Introductory remarks

5.2 Possessives on pronouns

5.3 Possessives on nouns

6 Comparative and superlative

6.1 Introductory comments

6.2 Adjectives

6.3 Adverbs

7 Third person singular -s

7.1 Irregular forms

7.2 The regular case

8 The -ing form of the verb

9 Past tense and past participle

9.1 Introduction

9.2 The regular verbs

9.3 Irregular verbs

10 Numbers

10.1 The basic numbers

10.2 13-19

10.3 20-90

10.4 Ordinal numbers

10.5 Distributive numbers

10.6 Oddities

11 Compounds

11.1 Introduction

11.2 Verbal nexus compounds

11.3 Endocentric compounds

11.4 Other types of compound

12 Making nouns

12.1 Nouns from other nouns

12.2 Nouns from verbs

12.3 Suffixes associated with people

12.4 Suffixes primarily denoting events

12.5 Nouns from adjectives

13 Making verbs

13.1 Making verbs with suffixes

13.2 Making verbs with prefixes

14 Making adjectives

14.1 Adjectives from nouns

14.2 Adjectives from verbs

14.3 Adjectives from other adjectives

15 Making adverbs

15.1 Introduction

15.2 The suffix -ly

15.3 Other suffixes

16 Making words with prefixes

16.1 Negation

16.2 Location

16.3 Size

16.4 Numbers

17 Making words without affixes

17.1 Relationships between words of the same form

17.2 Relationships between words with related but different form

18 Learned word-formation

18.1 Greek compounds

18.2 Latin verbs

19 Morphology and frequency

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Laurie Bauer is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

I.S.P. Nation is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.