Why are there more English words ending in -ness than ending in -ity? What
is it about some endings that makes them more widely usable than others?
Can we measure the differences in the facility with which the various
affixes are used? Does the difference in facility reflect a difference in
the way we treat words containing these affixes in the brain? These are the
questions examined in this book. Morphological productivity has, over the
centuries, been a major factor in providing the huge vocabulary of English
and remains one of the most contested areas in the study of word-formation
and structure. This book takes an eclectic approach to the topic, applying
the findings for morphology to syntax and phonology. Bringing together the
results of twenty years' work in the field, it provides new insights and
considers a wide range of linguistic and psycholinguistic evidence.