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Title: Closing suffixes in Old English: A study based on recursive affixation
Authors: Torre Alonso, Roberto
Metola Rodríguez, Darío
Keywords: Old English
morphology
noun derivation
recursive suffixation
closing suffixes
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Adam Mickiewicz University
Citation: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 48.2-3 (2013), pp. 27-54
Abstract: This paper takes issue with the lexicon of Old English and, more specifically, with the existence of closing suffixes in word-formation. Closing suffixes are defined as base suffixes that prevent further suffixation by word-forming suffixes (Aronoff & Furhop 2002: 455). This is tantamount to saying that this is a study in recursivity, or the formation of derivatives from derived bases, as in anti-establish-ment, which requires the attachment of the prefix anti- to the derived input establish-ment. The present analysis comprises all major lexical categories, that is, nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs and concentrates on suffixes because they represent the newest and the most productive process in Old English word-formation (Kastovsky 1992, 2006), as well as the set of morphemes that has survived into Present-day English without undergoing radical changes. Given this aim, the data retrieved from the lexical database of Old English Nerthus (www.nerthusproject.com) comprise 6,073 affixed (prefixed and suffixed) derivatives, including 3,008 nouns, 1,961 adjectives, 974 adverbs and 130 verbs. All of them have been analysed in order to isolate recursive formations.
Sponsorship: This research has been funded through the Project FFI2011-29532.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10593/19189
ISSN: 0081-6272
Appears in Collections:Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 2013 vol. 48.2-3

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