Meaning Predictability in Word Formation

Meaning Predictability in Word Formation : Novel, Context-free Naming Units

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This book aims to contribute to a growing interest amongst psycholinguists and morphologists in the mechanisms of meaning predictability. It presents a brand-new model of the meaning-prediction of novel, context-free naming units, relating the wordformation and wordinterpretation processes. Unlike previous studies, mostly focussed on N+N compounds, the scope of this book is much wider. It not only covers all types of complex words, but also discusses a whole range of predictability-boosting and -reducing conditions. Two measures are introduced, the Predictability Rate and the Objectified Predictability Rate, in order to compare the strength of predictable readings both within a word and relative to the most predictable readings of other coinages. Four extensive experiments indicate inter alia the equal predicting capacity of native and non-native speakers, the close interconnection between linguistic and extra-linguistic factors, the important role of prototypical semes, and the usual dominance of a single central reading.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 311 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 25.4mm | 700g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588116336
  • 9781588116338

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgements; 2. List of Abbreviations; 3. Introduction; 4. 1. Literature survey; 5. 2. General word formation framework; 6. 3. A theory of predictability; 7. 4. The Experiments; 8. 5. Conclusions; 9. Notes; 10. References; 11. Author Index; 12. Subject Indexshow more