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Diminutive Constructions in English

by Dorota Gorzycka (Author)
Monographs 300 Pages

Summary

Diminutive constructions in English provides an analysis of form and meaning of English diminutives with selected suffixes and suffix combinations: -let, -ling, -ette, -er+ -s, -kin + -s, and -ie+ -kin +-s. The empirical study is done within the framework of Construction Grammar, Construction Morphology as depicted by Geert Booij (2010; 2013), and a Construction-Grammar-based approach to translation proposed by Izabela Szymańska (2011). On the basis of an exhaustive corpus of language material, the author proposes new schemas for English diminutives and related formations. Moreover, the work provides supporting evidence for the distinction of analytic A + N constructions as a valid type of diminutive formation in the English language.

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1 Diminutives – theoretical background
  • 1.1 Overview of definitions
  • 1.2 Word class of input and output in diminutive formation
  • 1.3 Diminutive formation
  • 1.3.1 Derivational prefixation
  • 1.3.2 Inflexional affixation
  • 1.3.3 Reduplication
  • 1.3.4 Compounding
  • 1.3.5 Clipping
  • 1.3.6 Suffixation
  • 1.3.7 Analytic diminutive formation
  • 1.4 Meaning carried by diminutives
  • 1.5 Conclusion – characteristic features of diminutives
  • 2 Research on diminutives
  • 2.1 Traditional approaches to diminutives
  • 2.2 Multifunctionality of affixes. The puzzling notion of quasi-diminutives
  • 2.3 Acquisition of diminutives
  • 2.4 Cognitive approaches to diminutives
  • 2.4.1 Carlos Inchaurralde’s explanation of diminutive meaning through personal space schemata
  • 2.4.2 Ruiz de Mendoza’s explanation of diminutive meaning through the ICM of size
  • 2.4.3 The diminutive as a polysemous ‘macro’-category
  • 2.4.4 Universal radial category for the diminutive
  • 2.4.5 Comments on the cognitive approaches to diminutives
  • 2.5 Pragmatic approaches to diminutives
  • 2.5.1 Diminutives in emotive semantics
  • 2.5.2 Diminutives across cultures
  • 2.5.3 Morphopragmatics of diminutives
  • 2.5.4 Diminutives in discourse
  • 2.6 Diminutives in translation
  • 2.7 Conclusion
  • 3 General premises and current theories of Construction Grammar
  • 3.1 Basic tenets of Construction Grammar
  • 3.2 Constructions in the view of Construction Grammar
  • 3.3 Construction Morphology
  • 3.4 Conclusion
  • 4 English diminutives in the perspective of constructional approaches to language
  • 4.1 Inheritance hierarchy for coinages with diminutive suffixes
  • 4.2 The {LET} suffix
  • 4.2.1 Background information on the {LET} suffix
  • 4.2.2 CM analysis of the formations with the suffix {LET}
  • 4.3 The {LING} suffix
  • 4.3.1 Background information on the {LING} suffix
  • 4.3.2 CM analysis of formations with the suffix {LING}
  • 4.4 The {ETTE} suffix
  • 4.4.1 Background information on the {ETTE} suffix
  • 4.4.2 CM analysis of formations with the suffix {ETTE}
  • 4.5 Diminutive formation involving multiple suffixes
  • 4.5.1 Background information on the {ER} + {S} suffix combination
  • 4.5.2 CM analysis of formations with {ER} + {S}
  • 4.5.3 Background information on the {KIN} + {S} and {IE} + {KIN} + {S} suffix combinations
  • 4.5.4 CM analysis of formations with {KIN} + {S} and {IE} + {KIN} + {S}
  • 4.6 Conclusions following the CM analysis of synthetic diminutive formation
  • 4.7 Analytic diminutives in the perspective of CxG
  • 4.7.1 Constructional approach to translation
  • 4.7.2 Constructional outlook on the definitions of diminutives
  • 4.7.3 Analytic diminutives in English in the perspective of the constructional view of translation
  • Summary
  • Appendix
  • List of figures
  • List of tables
  • References
  • Series index

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About the author

The Author
Dorota Gorzycka holds a PhD degree in linguistics from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Her research interests include Construction Grammar and Construction Morphology and the way they deal with morphological and syntactic phenomena which serve to create lexical units.

About the book

Dorota Gorzycka

Diminutive Constructions in English

Diminutive Constructions in English provides an analysis of form and meaning of English diminutives with selected suffixes and suffix combinations: -let, -ling, -ette, -er + -s, -kin + -s, and -ie+ -kin + -s. The empirical study is done within the framework of Construction Grammar, Construction Morphology as depicted by Geert Booij (2010; 2013), and a Construction-Grammar-based approach to translation proposed by Izabela Szyman´ska (2011). On the basis of an exhaustive corpus of language material, the author proposes new schemas for English diminutives and related formations. Moreover, the work provides supporting evidence for the distinction of analytic A + N constructions as a valid type of diminutive formation in the English language.

This eBook can be cited

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Contents

Abbreviations

Introduction

1 Diminutives – theoretical background

1.1 Overview of definitions

1.2 Word class of input and output in diminutive formation

1.3 Diminutive formation

1.3.1 Derivational prefixation

1.3.2 Inflexional affixation

1.3.3 Reduplication

1.3.4 Compounding

1.3.5 Clipping

1.3.6 Suffixation

1.3.7 Analytic diminutive formation

1.4 Meaning carried by diminutives

1.5 Conclusion – characteristic features of diminutives

2 Research on diminutives

2.1 Traditional approaches to diminutives

2.2 Multifunctionality of affixes. The puzzling notion of quasi-diminutives

2.3 Acquisition of diminutives

2.4 Cognitive approaches to diminutives

2.4.1 Carlos Inchaurralde’s explanation of diminutive meaning through personal space schemata

2.4.2 Ruiz de Mendoza’s explanation of diminutive meaning through the ICM of size

2.4.3 The diminutive as a polysemous ‘macro’-category

2.4.4 Universal radial category for the diminutive

2.4.5 Comments on the cognitive approaches to diminutives

2.5 Pragmatic approaches to diminutives

2.5.1 Diminutives in emotive semantics

2.5.2 Diminutives across cultures

2.5.3 Morphopragmatics of diminutives

2.5.4 Diminutives in discourse

2.6 Diminutives in translation

2.7 Conclusion

3 General premises and current theories of Construction Grammar

3.1 Basic tenets of Construction Grammar

3.2 Constructions in the view of Construction Grammar

3.3 Construction Morphology

3.4 Conclusion

4 English diminutives in the perspective of constructional approaches to language

4.1 Inheritance hierarchy for coinages with diminutive suffixes

4.2 The {LET} suffix

4.2.1 Background information on the {LET} suffix

4.2.2 CM analysis of the formations with the suffix {LET}

4.3 The {LING} suffix

4.3.1 Background information on the {LING} suffix

4.3.2 CM analysis of formations with the suffix {LING}

4.4 The {ETTE} suffix

Details

Pages
300
ISBN (PDF)
9783631824795
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631824801
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631824818
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631812518
Language
English
Publication date
2020 (May)
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2020. 300 pp., 2 fig. b/w, 13 tables.

Biographical notes

Dorota Gorzycka (Author)

Dorota Gorzycka holds a PhD degree in linguistics from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Her research interests include Construction Gram-mar and Construction Morphology and the way they deal with morphological and syntactic phenomena which serve to create lexical units.

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