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Title: On the Productivity of Verbal Prefixation in English
Subtitle: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives
Written By: Anne Schröder
Series Title: Language in Performance, Vol. 44

One of the most far-reaching changes that has been observed for the English
language was its progressive transformation from a highly inflectional language
to a more analytic one. As a case in point, the postposition of the particle in
particle verbs, as in to go out, has been interpreted to have triggered the
unproductivity of the synthetic verbal prefix system, i.e. of verbs such as the
now obsolete to outgo. Nevertheless, neologisms such as to upskill seemingly
suggest a revival of this morphological pattern. Some of the questions which
arise are thus: Is prefixation really an unproductive pattern of English verb-
formation? Do the recent creations therefore indicate a revival of this pattern?
Why has this type of verb-formation possibly been revived lately? To answer
these questions, this study investigates the morphological productivity of prefix
verbs by using different methods of measurement: on the basis of the OED, on
the basis of various diachronic and synchronic corpora, and on the basis of
elicitation tests.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783823365877
Pages: 375
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