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Constructing a schema: Word-class changing morphology in a usage-based perspective

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This paper discusses how collostructional analysis can be applied to the study of word-formation patterns. Drawing on a diachronic corpus study of German ung-nominalization and Infinitival Nominalization using the GerManC Corpus, it is shown that a cross-tabulation analysis comparing the frequencies of word-formation products to those of their respective bases can give valuable clues to the input language users rely on when abstracting a schema (i.e., a word-formation construction) from a quite heterogeneous array of instantiations.

Published Online: 2014-12-16
Published in Print: 2014-11-1

© 2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

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