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Lexical Relatedness

Andrew Spencer


Words can be related inflectionally, that is, by being inflected forms of a single lexeme, or derivationally, as when one lexeme is derived from another. But there are many types of relatedness that fall between standard inflection and derivation. A very common example is the transposition, as exemplified by deverbal participles. These have the outward morphosyntax of adjectives and hence entail a shift in morphosyntactic category, as in derivation, but they are effectively forms of a verb lexeme and don’t constitute independent lexemes in their own right, much like inflected forms. Current pa ... More

Keywords: lexical relatedness, paradigm, lexeme, generalized paradigm function, inflection, derivation, transposition, Selkup

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199679928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Spencer, author
Professor of Linguistics, University of Essex