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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology$
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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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The analysis and limits of conversion

The analysis and limits of conversion

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(p.545) Chapter 25 The analysis and limits of conversion
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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology
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Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.003.0025

This chapter considers the three interlinked topics of competition, blocking, and productivity. It focuses on the theoretical constructs that are the foundations of dealing with these aspects of the morphology of English. It is shown that competition, blocking, and productivity are interlocking concepts in the study of morphology. It is concluded that the data show so much competition in domains of productivity that there is little empirical support for any strong notion of blocking. The notion of productivity is important in morphological description, but its theoretical importance is open to interpretation and remains controversial.

Keywords:   blocking, competition, productivity, inflection, derivation, morphological description

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