Derivation in Middle English

Derivation in Middle English

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Gardner, Anne-Christine
Derivation in Middle English. Regional and Text Type Variation
Modern Language Society
Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de Helsinki XCII
Vantaa 2014, 289 pp.

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Focusing on deadjectival and denominal formations, this study traces developments in the frequenqy and productivity of twelve abstract-noun forming suffixes of Germanic and Romance origin on the basis of selected corpora, including the iLinguistic Atlas of Early Middle English/i, the iMiddle English Grammar Corpus/i and the iPenn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English/i. The study reveals that during the period under investigation the suffixes are not differentiated semantically in a systematic manner; rather, the occurrence of a particular suffix can be influenced by stylistic factors such as rhyme or structural parallelism and generally reflects the suffix usage typical of a specific region and/or text type at a particular point in time.

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ISBN 978-951-9040-48-6
ISSN 0355-0192