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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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Blocking, competition, and productivity

Blocking, competition, and productivity

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(p.568) Chapter 26 Blocking, competition, and productivity
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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology
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Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.003.0026

This chapter is devoted to the role of lexical strata in English Morphology, those aspects of morphology that are native to the language and those aspects that come into English as a result of wholesale borrowing from French and the classical languages Latin and Greek. It is shown shows that a study of contemporary corpora sheds considerable light on theoretical issues that arise with regard to the interaction of different strata in English morphology. The theoretical issues have hinged primarily on the extent to which and the specific ways in which these strata can interact with each other. Thus, it is often claimed that that there are stratum-specific restrictions on the combinability of affixes. This chapter suggests that these claims have largely been based on an incomplete picture, and that there is less in the way of stratification in English derivation than has been assumed.

Keywords:   derivation, stratification, lexical strata, native affixation, non-native affixation, borrowing

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