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Laurie Bauer, Rochelle Lieber, and Ingo Plag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.001.0001

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Derived adverbs

Derived adverbs

Chapter:
(p.322) Chapter 15 Derived adverbs
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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology
Author(s):

Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.003.0015

This chapter looks at the ways in which adverbs are formed in English. Two possibly controversial theoretical assumptions are discussed, namely that adverbs are a separate category from adjectives, and that the affixation involved in creating adverbs is a matter of derivation rather than inflection. The categorial issue is taken up first, and then the specifics of adverb-forming processes in English. Although the formation of adverbs is far less central to English word-formation than the other major types considered, there are nevertheless some interesting questions. These include the phonological conditioning of the -ly affix, the analysis of forms like -ways, and the status and semantics of ‑wise.

Keywords:   derived adverb, derivation, inflection, affixation, conversion

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