Productivity in English Word-formation: An approach to N+N compounding - Europaeische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Europeennes 341 (Paperback)
  • Productivity in English Word-formation: An approach to N+N compounding - Europaeische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Europeennes 341 (Paperback)
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Productivity in English Word-formation: An approach to N+N compounding - Europaeische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Europeennes 341 (Paperback)

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This book is a contribution to the study of morphological productivity, that is, the property of word-formation processes whereby new words are created to satisfy a naming need. It presents an up-to-date picture of this phenomenon, characterising its major attributes and addressing neighbouring theoretical concepts like availability, profitability or lexicalisation. Links are also established between those notions and N+N compounding, a word-formation process regarded as very productive but traditionally overlooked in studies of this type. Unlike other productivity surveys, mostly directed at affixation, a corpus of N+N compounds is here compiled to which the mainstream models of productivity are applied. This allows to detect the pros and cons of those proposals and to propose a model of productivity. Two measures, Indicator of Profitability ( ) and Trend of Profitability ( ), are introduced which can be applied across word-formation processes and are able to compute their productivity based on semantic categories.

Publisher: Verlag Peter Lang
ISBN: 9783039118083
Number of pages: 194
Weight: 310 g
Edition: New edition

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