Chapter published in:Category Change from a Constructional Perspective
Edited by Kristel Van Goethem, Muriel Norde, Evie Coussé and Gudrun Vanderbauwhede
[Constructional Approaches to Language 20] 2018
► pp. 209–228
Category change in construction morphology
Morphological constructions can be formalized as schemas that specify semantic and formal output properties of complex words. Such schemas impose these output properties on their constituent words through various coercion mechanisms. In this article we focus on coercion-by-override and the concomitant category change. Our data are mainly from Dutch.The meaning of a syntactic or morphological construction can override the lexical meaning of a word in that construction. Morphological schemas may therefore change the semantic class of the base word. Semantic coercion may be accompanied by changes in word class.Morphological schemas may receive a higher degree of productivity within certain syntactic constructions, a phenomenon known as embedded productivity. Thus, morphological schemas contribute to the creativity and flexibility of the language system.
Keywords: coercion, construction-dependent morphology, construction morphology, conversion, embedded productivity, lexical integrity, override, particle verbs
Published online: 22 March 2018
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