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Volume 29, Issue 1


Derivational morphology in flux: a case study of word-formation change in German

Stefan Hartmann
Published Online: 2018-02-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2016-0146


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.

Keywords: morphology; historical linguistics; construction grammar


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Received: 2016-12-12

Revised: 2017-08-14

Accepted: 2017-08-20

Published Online: 2018-02-14

Published in Print: 2018-02-23

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, Volume 29, Issue 1, Pages 77–119, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/cog-2016-0146.

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