Derivational morphology in flux: A case study of word-formation change in German
Hartmann, Stefan (2018): „Derivational morphology in flux: A case study of word-formation change in German“. Berlin ; New York, NY: Mouton de Gruyter doi: 10.1515/cog-2016-0146.
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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.
Deutsch ; Wortbildung ; Substantiv ; Suffix
October 2, 2018