Distinguishing affixoid from compound formations

with Dr.Josef Ruppenhofer, Institute for the German Language, Mannheim

Tue, September 4, 2018 | BUR 337

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dr. Ruppenhofer will present a study on German affixoids, a type of morpheme hypothesized to exist in between affixes and free stems. Several properties have been associated with them—increased productivity; a bleached semantics, which is often evaluative and/or intensifying; and the existence of a free morpheme counterpart—but not been validated empirically. In experiments on a newly constructed data set of potential suffixoid formations from the deWaC corpus, he puts these key assumptions from the morphological literature  to the test. Through statistical evaluations and classification experiments, he will show that on his data set a difference in productivity between affixoid and non-affixoid uses cannot be substantiated. On the other hand, he does find confirmation for the evaluative and intensifying semantics associated with affixoids.

Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Studies, Linguistics Research Center, and Texas Language Center.

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