By Jacek Fisiak, Marcin Krygier

ISBN-10: 3110161516

ISBN-13: 9783110161519

This quantity includes 28 papers from the ninth overseas convention in English old Linguistics, which happened in Poznan, Poland, in August 1996. The contributions disguise all facets of the historical past of the English language, together with: phonology; morphology; syntax; and lexicon.

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If we look closely enough we realize that there is also a relation of possession encapsulated here but that it works in the opposite direction to the previous group of denominals: there, it is predicated that the modified noun "has" the base-noun (lustlic), here it is predicated that the modified noun "belongs to" the base-noun (heofonlich). In other words, the relation of possession is reversed, and we might speculate how much this has to do with the semantic characteristics of the base-nouns involved.

In an earlier study which checked the two suffixes against several Naturalness parameters it was concluded that this was not the case (Dalton-Puffer 1993: 159-161). Considering the system-congruity of the two formatives in terms of the morphological status of their input (stems and/or words) the LIC and ABLE are on a par, and in terms of morphotactic transparency LIC even has a slight edge on ABLE. Subsequent events, however, indicate that LIC was experiencing a crisis; something was eroding its status and preparing the ground for the quick flowering of ABLE.

What kind ofthing it "produces" in formal terms and in semantic terms. In principle, form and meaning are considered as being on a par but the realities of morphological study and the traditions which have arisen from it have usually meant that formal descriptions and formal criteria tend to be more refined than their semantic counterparts. Even so, it is usually acknowledged that the connections which hold between derivational forms and derivational functions play an important part in several phenomena derivational morphologists are interested in: establishing suffix taxonomies, delineating diachronic developments, determining productivity, or working out which restrictions govern the applicability of word-formation rules.

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