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Lecture 7

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Chandan Narayan

th Linguistics lecture 7 November 4 , 2010 MORPHOLOGY Derivation & Inflection Affixes can be derivational or inflectional Derivation is a morphological process by which a new and different word is created from an existing base by the addition of an affix Inflection is a morphological process by which a word is modified to indicate grammatical information of various sorts Change in meaning Derivation: major change to the meaning of the word o Happy -> unhappy o Sing -> singer Inflection: no major change. Adds certain details o Book -> books o Play -> played Change in lexical category Derivation: may be a change in lexical category o Happy (A)-> happiness (N) o Happy (A)-> unhappy (A) Inflection: lexical category does not change o Book -> books (N) Semantic drift Semantic drift: words formed by derivation may develop a meaning that is not transparently predictable from the component morphemes o Sheepish: (i) sheep-like (rare) (ii) bashful Inflection: inflected forms of words almost never develop an idiosyncratic meaning Lexical entry Derivation: creates separate lexical items (often with idiosyncratic meaning) that are listed independent of their base in speakers mental dictionary (or lexicon) Inflection does not create separate lexical items Productivity Productivity refers to the relative freedom with which affixes can combine with bases of the appropriate category Inflectional affixes are generally highly productive Derivational affixes often have limited productivity (th in truth cannot be used on the word cold to make coldth) o Certain derivational affixes are fairly productive (-er)
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