Heterogeneity in Word-formation Patterns

Heterogeneity in Word-formation Patterns

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Postulated word-formation rules often exclude formations that can nevertheless be found in actual usage. This book presents an in-depth investigation of a highly heterogeneous word-formation pattern in English: the formation of nouns by suffixation with q-ee.q Rather than relying on a single semantic or syntactic framework for analysis, the study combines diachronic, cognitive and language-contact perspectives in order to explain the diversity in the formation and establishment of q-eeq words. It also seeks to challenge previous measurements of productivity and proposes a new way to investigate the relationship between actual and possible words. By making use of the largest and most up-to-date electronic corpus the World Wide Web as a data source, this research adds substantially to the number of attested q-eeq words. It furthermore analyses this word-formation pattern in different varieties of English (British vs. American English; Australian English). Due to the multiplicity of approaches and analyses it offers, the study is suitable for courses in English word-formation, lexicology, corpus linguistics and historical linguistics.q... in the meaning of this item in British usage: as she ar- gues here with reference to recent use of the word in the media, ... Non- Genuine parts for Toyota, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Lexus, and also used parts for Toyota Corolla and Camry (deportee).

Title:Heterogeneity in Word-formation Patterns
Author:Susanne Muehleisen
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2010


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