Old english adjectival affixation: Structure and function

  1. Vea Escarza, R. 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España

    GRID grid.119021.a

Studia Anglica Posnaniensia

ISSN: 0081-6272

Year of publication: 2013

Volume: 48

Issue: 2-3

Pages: 5-25

Type: Article

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DOI: 10.2478/stap-2013-0005 SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84895137082 GOOGLE SCHOLAR
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The aim of this article is to carry out a structural-functional analysis of the formation of Old English adjectives by means of affixation. By analysing the rules and operations that produce the 3,356 adjectives which the lexical database of Old English Nerthus (www.nerthusproject.com) turns out as affixal derivatives, a total of fourteen derivational functions have been identified. Additionally, the analysis yields conclusions concerning the relationship between affixes and derivational functions, the patterns of recategorization present in adjective formation and recursive word-formation.