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Expanding the Lexicon

Linguistic Innovation, Morphological Productivity, and Ludicity

Ed. by Arndt-Lappe, Sabine / Braun, Angelika / Moulin, Claudine / Winter-Froemel, Esme

Series:The Dynamics of Wordplay 5

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    Publication Date:
    January 2018
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    Aims and Scope

    The creation of new lexical units and patterns has been studied in different research frameworks, focusing on either system-internal or system-external aspects, from which no comprehensive view has emerged. The volume aims to fill this gap by studying dynamic processes in the lexicon – understood in a wide sense as not being necessarily limited to the word level – by bringing together approaches directed to morphological productivity as well as approaches analyzing general types of lexical innovation and the role of discourse-related factors. The papers deal with ongoing changes as well as with historical processes of change in different languages and reflect on patterns and specific subtypes of lexical innovation as well as on their external conditions and the speakers’ motivations for innovating. Moreover, the diffusion and conventionalization of innovations will be addressed. In this way, the volume contributes to understanding the complex interplay of structural, cognitive and functional factors in the lexicon as a highly dynamic domain.


    vi, 304 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Lexical Change; Linguistic Innovation; Productivity; Discourse
    Sprachwissenschaftler (Allgemeine und historische Sprachwissenschaft; deutsche, englische und romanische Sprachwissenschaft)

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    Sabine Arndt-Lappe, Angelika Braun, Claudine Moulin and Esme Winter-Froemel, Trier University, Germany.

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