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Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association

Editor-in-Chief: Stefanowitsch, Anatol / Schoenefeld, Doris

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

Stefan Hartmann
Published Online: 2014-12-16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/gcla-2014-0014


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.

Keywords : construction morphology; collostructional analysis; German wordformation; productivity

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Published Online: 2014-12-16

Published in Print: 2014-11-01

Citation Information: Yearbook of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 235–252, ISSN (Online) 2197-2796, ISSN (Print) 2197-2788, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/gcla-2014-0014.

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