The derivational map of Old English and the limits of gradual derivation

  1. Miguel Lacalle Palacios 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: 2013

Issue: 8

Pages: 110-119

Type: Article

DOI: 10.4995/RLYLA.2013.1308 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openDialnet editor

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This journal article deals with Old English word-formation as represented by a derivational map. In a derivational map, lexical derivation applies gradually, so that a process only occurs at a time and affixes are attached one by one. This theoretical and methodological stance holds good for most derivations but there is also evidence of non-gradual formations with the prefixes .-, ge-, or-, twi-, ðri-, and un-. After discussing the relevant derivatives with each of the aforementioned affixes, the conclusions are reached that non-gradual formations arise in frequent word-formation patterns; they constitute, with few exceptions, an adjectival phenomenon; and they are mainly associated with secondary derivational functions. Regarding the derivational map of Old English, the conclusion is drawn that non-gradual formations have to be represented by means of reconstructed forms so that each node represents one lexeme and each edge marks one morphological process.

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