This book is a contribution to the study of morphological productivity,
that is, the property of word-formation processes whereby new words are
created to satisfy a naming need. It presents an up-to-date picture of this
phenomenon, characterising its major attributes and addressing neighbouring
theoretical concepts like availability, profitability or lexicalisation.
Links are also established between those notions and N+N compounding, a
word-formation process regarded as very productive but traditionally
overlooked in studies of this type. Unlike other productivity surveys,
mostly directed at affixation, a corpus of N+N compounds is here compiled
to which the mainstream models of productivity are applied. This allows to
detect the pros and cons of those proposals and to propose a model of
productivity. Two measures, Indicator of Profitability (p) and Trend of
Profitability (P), are introduced which can be applied across
word-formation processes and are able to compute their productivity based
on semantic categories.
What is a Compound?: Major Features - Classical Standpoints - Noun
Compounds in Contemporary English - The Boundary between Morphology and
Syntax - What is Morphological Productivity?: Word-formation - Rudiments -
Factors Influencing Productivity - Gradation - Morphological Productivity
Measurement: Productivity as Analysable Words - Productivity as
Potentiality - Stekauer: the Onomasiological Approach - Neologism-based
counts - Relative Frequency and Phonotactics - A Model for Profitability.