The Role of Derivational Paradigms with Adjectival Base in Old English Word-Formation

  1. Carmen Novo Urraca 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Rioja

    Universidad de La Rioja

    Logroño, España


Revista de lingüística y lenguas aplicadas

ISSN: 1886-2438

Year of publication: 2014

Issue: 9

Pages: 45-54

Type: Article

DOI: 10.4995/RLYLA.2014.1564 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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The aim of this article is to identify the primary adjectives of Old English as well as to gather the derivational paradigms that revolve around them. All in all, 459 primary adjectives are identified, which function as the base of 6,587 derivatives. Two conclusions are drawn from the analysis. In the first place, the concept of derivational paradigm contributes to the explanation of the overall organization of the lexicon, while allowing for the discussion of questions that are at the core of current morphological theory, such as recursivity and productivity. Secondly, that primary adjectives play a significant role in Old English derivation. Even though they are not as productive as strong verbs, primary adjectives function as base of derivation for a significant number of non-basic terms, which, moreover, belong to all lexical categories and nearly all grammatical classes.

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