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Construction Morphology and the Lexicon
Geert Booij
34-44 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Two basic notions can be used to explain quite a range of word formation phenomena: construction morphology; and the idea of a hierarchical lexicon, with general word formation schemas, individual complex words as instantiations thereof, and intermediate schemas that express generalizations about subsets of complex words. Intermediate levels, between the concrete individual words and the abstract word formation schema, express relevant generalizations, and explain how affixes can arise from compounding patterns. This approach permits an insightful account of the paradigmatic dimension of word formation.

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Selected Proceedings of the 5th Décembrettes: Morphology in Toulouse
edited by Fabio Montermini, Gilles Boyé, and Nabil Hathout
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