Derivational morphology in flux: A case study of word-formation change in German

Faculty/Professorship: German Linguistics  
Author(s): Hartmann, Stefan
Title of the Journal: Cognitive linguistics
ISSN: 0936-5907
Publisher Information: Berlin ; New York, NY : Mouton de Gruyter
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 29
Issue: 1
Pages: 77-119
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1515/cog-2016-0146
The diachronic change of word-formation patterns is currently gaining increasing interest in cognitive-linguistic and constructionist approaches. This paper contributes to this line of research with a corpus-based investigation of nominalization with the suffix -ung in German. In doing so, it puts forward both theoretical and methodological considerations on morphology and morphological change from a usage-based perspective. Regarding methodology, the long-standing topic of how to measure (changes in) the productivity of a morphological pattern is discussed, and it is shown how statistical association measures can be applied to quantify the relationship between word-formation patterns and their bases. These findings are linked up with theoretical considerations on the interplay between constructional schemas and their respective instances.
GND Keywords: Deutsch ; Wortbildung ; Substantiv ; Suffix
DDC Classification: 430 German  
RVK Classification: GC 6728   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
Year of publication: 2. October 2018