The following article discusses a word-formation model based on semantic, cognitive and functional principles (Ryder 1994; 1999) that will account for the extremely high productivity of the nominalizing -er suffix in Present-Day English. Such a model aims at enabling the speaker to interpret unknown -er nominals, especially when such formations are presented without a context, i.e. they do not depend on context for interpretation. The basic assumption of such a model relies on the fact that speakers can interpret unknown -er nominals by basing the meaning of the most plausible and retrievable schema, or cognitive knowledge structure, in which the referents of both the base and the derivative participate (Ryder 1994; 1999).

Piotti, S. R., Interpretare i processi di formazione del lessico inglese: il caso di -er, <<RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI LINGUISTICA APPLICATA>>, 2003; (XXXV, 1-2): 225-235 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/1992]

Interpretare i processi di formazione del lessico inglese: il caso di -er

Piotti
2003

Abstract

The following article discusses a word-formation model based on semantic, cognitive and functional principles (Ryder 1994; 1999) that will account for the extremely high productivity of the nominalizing -er suffix in Present-Day English. Such a model aims at enabling the speaker to interpret unknown -er nominals, especially when such formations are presented without a context, i.e. they do not depend on context for interpretation. The basic assumption of such a model relies on the fact that speakers can interpret unknown -er nominals by basing the meaning of the most plausible and retrievable schema, or cognitive knowledge structure, in which the referents of both the base and the derivative participate (Ryder 1994; 1999).
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Piotti, S. R., Interpretare i processi di formazione del lessico inglese: il caso di -er, <<RASSEGNA ITALIANA DI LINGUISTICA APPLICATA>>, 2003; (XXXV, 1-2): 225-235 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/1992]
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