Cognitive Perspectives on Word Formation

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Alexander Onysko, Sascha Michel
Walter de Gruyter, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 431 pages
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While cognitive linguistics has become established as a comprehensive research paradigm over the last three decades, it has so far hardly contributed to investigations into processes of lexical creation as traditionally captured in research on word formation. In light of this, the volume at hand is the first one to take a step ahead towards illuminating diverse aspects of word formation from cognitive perspectives. The book combines contributions to the 2nd International Cognitive Linguistics Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association with a selection of invited papers by scholars working on issues of word formation and cognitive linguistics.

This selection is guided by pluralism in both methodology and topics. Thus, some contributions are of a primarily theoretical nature discussing, for example, recombinance as a model of word formation and a taxonomy of word formation processes as construction types. Several articles address interface issues such as word formation and phrasal constructions, word formation and inflection, as well as phonology and word formational patterns. The majority of the studies focuses on individual types of word formation (compounding, affixation, and conversion), and they contribute to reframing our understanding of these processes. With a focus on mostly Germanic languages (Afrikaans, Dutch, English, German, Luxembourgish, and Norwegian), data-driven analyses include corpus linguistic investigations, elicited data, psycholinguistic experiments, and computational linguistic applications. A few contributions follow a mainly introspective path of reasoning based on the discussion of selected examples as in the analysis of creative compounds.

Overall, the volume provides a rich array of topics emerging under the umbrella of cognitive linguistic thought and established patterns and processes of word formation. The various studies add to a yet marginal body of research in cognitive word formation and, thus, advance our awareness about the benefits of applying cognitive linguistic thoughts for investigating processes of lexical creation.


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Wordformation or word formation? The formation of complex
On the viability of cognitive morphology for explaining
Between phonology and morphology
Adjective + Noun constructions between syntax
Setting limits on creativity in the production and use
Hybrid compounding in German
Does love come from to love or to love from love? Why lexical
A challenge for usagebased
The influence of morphological structure on the processing
Harvesting and understanding online neologisms
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Alexander Onysko, Universitšt Innsbruck, Austria; Sascha Michel, Johannes Gutenberg Universitšt Mainz, Germany.

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