Suffixal Rivalry in Adjective Formation - A Cognitive-Corpus Analysis - Zeki Hamawand

Suffixal Rivalry in Adjective Formation - A Cognitive-Corpus Analysis - Zeki Hamawand

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Suffixal Rivalry in Adjective Formation - A Cognitive-Corpus Analysis - Zeki Hamawand

Zeki Hamawand [+-]
University of Kirkuk and University of Sulaimani
Zeki Hamawand is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Kirkuk and a senior lecturer at the University of Sulaimani, Iraq. He is the author of several books including Atemporal Complement Clauses in English: A Cognitive Grammar Analysis (Lincom 2002), Suffixal Rivalry in Adjective Formation: A Cognitive-Corpus Analysis (Equinox 2007), Morpho-Lexical Alternation in Noun Formation (Palgrave 2008), The semantics of English Negative Prefixes (Equinox 2009), and Morphology in English: Word Formation in Cognitive Grammar (Continuum 2011).

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This book deals with adjectival suffixes in English. Its scope of analysis is confined to the formation of adjective pairs that share a single root but end in different suffixes. Theoretically, the book adopts Cognitive Semantics and attempts to substantiate some of its tenets. One tenet is that a linguistic item is polysemous by nature. On this basis, the goal is to show that an adjectival suffix forms a category consisting of multiple senses, which gather around a centre. Another tenet is that the meaning of a linguistic item is described relative to the domain of knowledge to which it belongs. In this respect, the goal is to group the adjectival suffixes into sets, where they stand for one concept but differ in the specifics. A further tenet is that the use of a linguistic item is governed by the particular construal imposed on its content. In this regard, the goal is show that no two adjectives are synonymous even if they share the same root or look similar. They differ, as evidenced by corpus data, in terms of the alternate ways the speaker construes their common root. Empirically, the book adopts Corpus Linguistics, which helps to identify the distinctive collocates associated with the members of an adjective pair and, consequently, reveal the subtle differences in meaning between them.

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Hamawand, Zeki . Suffix index. Suffixal Rivalry in Adjective Formation - A Cognitive-Corpus Analysis. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 253-254 Apr 2007. ISBN 9781845531812. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=29340. Date accessed: 23 Jun 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.29340. Apr 2007

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