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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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Affix Order and the Structure of the Slavic Word

Affix Order and the Structure of the Slavic Word

(p.205) 9 Affix Order and the Structure of the Slavic Word
Affix Ordering Across Languages and Frameworks

Stela Manova

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the structure of the Slavic word with data from Bulgarian, Russian, and Polish. Affix order is analyzed in terms of two-affix combinations, and it is argued that with respect to affixation the Slavic word consists of different domains and subdomains defined through the affix-order peculiarities they exhibit. Special attention is paid to the order of suffixes in the derivational domain where the lexical-category specification of a suffix, suffix-particular semantics, and the notion of default are the factors governing the combinability of suffixes and the majority of the suffix combinations are either fixed or predictable. The lexical- and semantic-category specifications of suffixes are seen as cognitively defined and it is demonstrated that entrenchment, in the sense of cognitive grammar, plays an important role in affixation. The structure of the Slavic word is also compared with that of the English word.

Keywords:   affix ordering, domain-specific analysis, cognition, derivation, inflection, diminutives, Slavic language, English

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