Variation in morphological productivity in the BNC : Sociolinguistic and methodological considerations

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Säily , T 2011 , ' Variation in morphological productivity in the BNC : Sociolinguistic and methodological considerations ' , Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory , vol. 7 , no. 1 , pp. 119-141 . https://doi.org/10.1515/CLLT.2011.006

Title: Variation in morphological productivity in the BNC : Sociolinguistic and methodological considerations
Author: Säily, Tanja
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Date: 2011
Language: eng
Number of pages: 23
Belongs to series: Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
ISSN: 1613-7027
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/33036
Abstract: The first aim of this work is to examine gender-based variation in the productivity of the nominal suffixes -ness and -ity in present-day British English. Possible interpretations are presented for the findings that -ity is used less productively by women, while with -ness there is no gender difference. The second aim is to analyse the validity of hapax-based measures of productivity in sociolinguistic research. It is discovered that they require a significantly larger corpus than type-based ones, and that the category-conditioned degree of productivity P is unusable when comparing subcorpora based on social groups. Otherwise, hapax legomena remain a theoretically well-founded component of productivity measures.
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