An Onomasiological Theory of English Word-Formation

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Pavol Štekauer presents an original approach to the intricate problems of English word-formation. The emphasis is on the process of coining new naming units (words). This is described by an onomasiological model, which takes as its point of departure the naming needs of a speech community, and proceeds through conceptual reflection of extra-linguistic reality and semantic analysis to the form of a new naming unit. As a result, it is the form which implements options given by semantics by means of the so-called Form-to-Meaning Assignment Principle.
Word-formation is conceived of as an independent component, interrelated with the lexical component by supplying it with new naming units, and by making use of the word-formation bases of naming units stored in the Lexicon. The relation to the Syntactic component is only mediated through the Lexical component.
In addition, the book presents a new approach to productivity. It is maintained that word-formation processes are as productive as syntactic processes. This radically new approach provides simple answers to a number of traditional problems of word-formation.
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Table of Contents
Contents
vii
Abbreviations
ix
Introduction
1
Chapter I: An Onomasiological Theory of Word-Fornation
7
Chapter II: The Place of the Word Foundation Component
21
Chapter III: Productivity
73
Chapter IV: Applications
127
Conclusions
163
Notes
165
References
177
Suject Index
185
Name Index
191
“Ingesamt gesehen kann das vorliegende Buch als ein anregender und aufschlußreicher Diskussionsbeitrag zur onomasiologischen Betrachtung der englischen Wortbildung gewertet werden.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  98044713