Sociolinguistic variation in morphological productivity in eighteenth-century English

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Säily , T 2016 , ' Sociolinguistic variation in morphological productivity in eighteenth-century English ' , Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory , vol. 12 , no. 1 , pp. 129-151 . https://doi.org/10.1515/cllt-2015-0064

Title: Sociolinguistic variation in morphological productivity in eighteenth-century English
Author: Säily, Tanja
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Date: 2016-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
ISSN: 1613-7027
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/223823
Abstract: This paper presents ongoing work on Säily and Suomela’s (2009) method of comparing type frequencies across subcorpora. The method is here used to study variation in the productivity of the suffixes -ness and -ity in the eighteenth-century sections of the Corpora of Early English Correspondence and of the Old Bailey Corpus (OBC). Unlike the OBC, the eighteenth-century section of the letter corpora differs from previously studied materials in that there is no significant gender difference in the productivity of -ity. The study raises methodological issues involving periodization, multiple hypothesis testing, and the need for an interactive tool. Several improvements have been implemented in a new version of our software.
Subject: 6121 Languages
historical sociolinguistics
gender variation
Late Modern English
methodology
morphological productivity
word-formation
nominal suffixes
type frequency
corpus linguistics
language change
113 Computer and information sciences
software
significance testing
hypothesis testing
false discovery rate
permutation testing
accumulation curves
interactive visualisation
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