Interpretare i processi di formazione del lessico inglese: il caso di -er

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Interpreting the formation processes of the English lexicon: the case of -er

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Abstract

The following article discusses a word-formation model based on semantic, cognitive and functional principles (Ryder 1994; 1999) that will account for the extremely high productivity of the nominalizing -er suffix in Present-Day English. Such a model aims at enabling the speaker to interpret unknown -er nominals, especially when such formations are presented without a context, i.e. they do not depend on context for interpretation. The basic assumption of such a model relies on the fact that speakers can interpret unknown -er nominals by basing the meaning of the most plausible and retrievable schema, or cognitive knowledge structure, in which the referents of both the base and the derivative participate (Ryder 1994; 1999).
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Interpreting the formation processes of the English lexicon: the case of -er
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)225-235
Number of pages11
JournalRASSEGNA ITALIANA DI LINGUISTICA APPLICATA
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Derivazione in -er
  • Formazione delle parole in Inglese
  • The nominalizing suffix -ER
  • Word Formation in Present-Day English

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