Tanja Säily: Sociolinguistic Variation in English Derivational Productivity. Studies and Methods in Diachronic Corpus Linguistics
In recent decades, it has become almost impossible to investigate the productivity of word formation processes through corpora without taking into account statistical measures of some kind. In the field of historical linguistics, however, this has been problematic due to small corpus sizes and the lack of suitable methods. This book proposes such methods, making a strong point for data-driven approaches while exploring the diachronic and sociolinguistic variation of productivity in word formation. Specifically, the study focuses on the native suffix -ness and its Romance-based counterpart -ity, analysing data from 15th to 18th letters, 18thcentury letters, and the BNC. In order to obtain valid results, the author combines statistical and visualization methods which are already established in other research traditions, and complements these with original software. Apart from presenting interesting findings in the field of historical sociolinguistics, she provides methodological...
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