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Affix Ordering Across Languages and Frameworks$
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Stela Manova

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190210434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210434.001.0001

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Suffix Combinations in Italian: Selectional Restrictions and Processing Constraints

Suffix Combinations in Italian: Selectional Restrictions and Processing Constraints

(p.175) 8 Suffix Combinations in Italian: Selectional Restrictions and Processing Constraints
Affix Ordering Across Languages and Frameworks

Luigi Talamo

Oxford University Press

Combinations of affixes in Italian have been addressed by describing individual, affix-pertinent restrictions that rely on grammatical principles. The chapter examines whether constraints that rely on extra-grammatical principles may account for suffix combinations, testing the psycholinguistic hypothesis known as Complexity-Based Ordering (CBO; Hay 2002). This hypothesis suggests that affix ordering is based on processing complexity and aims to establish an affix hierarchy to predict all affix combinations. Compared to a previous paper on this subject (Gaeta 2005), a larger set of suffixes and new sources of linguistic data are employed. Moreover, suffix hierarchies are computationally established. Using data from works on the productivity of Italian affixes, this study also assesses whether any correlations between productivity and suffix position in the hierarchies exist, as the CBO hypothesis claims. Finally, an assessment of the role of selectional restrictions in suffix combinations and a description of such constraints are provided.

Keywords:   processing, psycholinguistics, complexity-based ordering, affix ordering, selectional restrictions

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