Stress-assignment properties, productivity, selection and combinatorial processes
0.1 Objectives and methodology
The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the role of suffixes in lexical stress-assignment and word-formation, complete with a systematic overview of their selection processes, productivity and combinatorial properties in Present-Day English.
A methodological prerequisite which has become incontrovertible in language studies is the necessity to draw upon a reliable corpus. The multiplication of online databases has provided researchers with worktools many times more powerful than those they had at their disposal not so long ago. The corpus used in the present study has been assembled from the OneLook search engine (henceforth OL) which, in English, enables users to extract word inventories further to a preselection of morphological components from about a hundred generalist or specialist dictionaries1.
So as to warrant indisputable reliability as to the data exploited, the corpus used in this study has been culled from the entries of seven generalist dictionaries whose reputation is solidly established, complemented with those of Dictionary.com which is the only OL dictionary providing full etymological data in most of its entries2.
The dictionaries from which the OL corpus has been established are, by alphabetical order: ← 1 | 2 →
The corpus assembled from the dictionaries in (1) contains 140,000 words.
Common words recorded exclusively in the Wikipedia Encyclopedia and its companion dictionary Wiktionary have not been retained in the corpus selected (henceforth the Corpus) since they do not...
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