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Productivity Measurements Applied to Ten English Prefixes: A comparison of different measures of morphological productivity based on ten prefixes in English
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Morphological productivity is difficult to define and describe. Nevertheless have several measures been proposed by scholars, in order to quantify this notion. This paper investigates ten common English prefixes with meanings related to degree or size. The aims of the study are (1) to review several measures of morphological productivity, (2) via a sample of corpus occurrences of ten prefixes, to calculate productivity figures using five different measures of productivity, and (3), perhaps most importantly, to discuss the differences and similarities of the five measures. The results suggest that while several of the measures are quite similar (e.g. type frequency and hapax legomena frequency), other measures are different (e.g. 'Productivity in the narrow sense'). While three of the measures could be said to provide information concerning past or 'factual' productivity, two of the measures seem instead to indicate an aspect of productivity that is referred to as 'potential' productivity.

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2012. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Morphological productivity, word-formation, prefixation, type frequency, token frequency, hapax legomena, 'Productivity in the narrow sense'
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Humanities Languages and Literature General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81966OAI: diva2:564764
2012-09-13, Department of English Stockholm University S-106 91 Stockholm Sweden, Stockholm, 09:54 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-12-07 Created: 2012-11-04 Last updated: 2012-12-07Bibliographically approved

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