Monday, March 26, 2018 - 13:30
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Word-formation systems in European languages

The talk introduces a large-scale project covering word-formation systems in 73 languages of Europe. The basis for their comparison is 100 word-formation comparables representing 12 word-formation processes. The data is used to examine (a) the structural richness of word-formation systems at the level of individual languages, language genera, families and the linguistic area of Standard Average European by means of the parameter of Saturation Value; this parameter indicates the degree to which a particular word-formation system makes use of all the word-formation options under examination; and (b) the parameter of the Maximum Comparable Occurrence that identifies those word-formation comparables that are present in all languages under consideration, i.e., in all languages of a genus, a family or a linguistic area (Standard Average European). In the latter case, it identifies the so-called Euroversals. The paper first presents the fundamental theoretical and methodological principles and, subsequently, illustrates the results in selected areas of research.

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Pavol Štekauer is Professor of English Linguistics at P.J. Šafárik University. His research concentrates on an onomasiological approach to word-formation, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic aspects of word-formation, meaning predictability of complex words, and cross-linguistic research into word-formation. He is the author of A Theory of Conversion in English (Peter Lang 1996), An Onomasiological Theory of English Word-Formation (Benjamins 1998), Meaning Predictability in Word-Formation (Benjamins 2005), and Word-Formation in the World’s Languages. A Typological Survey. (CUP 2012; with S. Valera and L. Körtvélyessy), and co-editor of handbooks mapping the field of word-formation (Springer 2005, OUP 2009 and 2014) (with R. Lieber). He is an editor-in-chief of the SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics (Scopus).