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The Semantics of Word Formation and Lexicalization

Pius ten Hacken and Claire Thomas


In the study of word formation, the focus has often been on generating the form. In this book, the semantic aspect of the formation of new words is central. It is viewed from the perspectives of word formation rules and of lexicalization. Each chapter concentrates on a specific question about a theoretical concept or word formation process in a particular language and adopts a theoretical framework that is appropriate to the study of this question. From general theoretical concepts of productivity and lexicalization, the focus moves to terminology, compounding and derivation. The theoretical ... More

Keywords: word formation rules, compounding, derivation, lexicalization, productivity, terminology, mental lexicon, lexical semantics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748689606
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748689606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pius ten Hacken, author
Swansea University

Claire Thomas, author
Swansea University