Meaning Predictability In Word Formation: Novel, Context Free Naming Units Pavol Stekauer

ISBN: 9781588116338

Published: March 18th 2005

Hardcover

289 pages


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Meaning Predictability In Word Formation: Novel, Context Free Naming Units  by  Pavol Stekauer

Meaning Predictability In Word Formation: Novel, Context Free Naming Units by Pavol Stekauer
March 18th 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 289 pages | ISBN: 9781588116338 | 7.11 Mb

This book aims to contribute to a growing interest amongst psycholinguists and morphologists in the mechanisms of meaning predictability. It presents a brand-new model of the meaning-prediction of novel, context-free naming units, relating theMoreThis book aims to contribute to a growing interest amongst psycholinguists and morphologists in the mechanisms of meaning predictability. It presents a brand-new model of the meaning-prediction of novel, context-free naming units, relating the wordformation and wordinterpretation processes.

Unlike previous studies, mostly focussed on N+N compounds, the scope of this book is much wider. It not only covers all types of complex words, but also discusses a whole range of predictability-boosting and -reducing conditions. Two measures are introduced, the Predictability Rate and the Objectified Predictability Rate, in order to compare the strength of predictable readings both within a word and relative to the most predictable readings of other coinages.

Four extensive experiments indicate inter alia the equal predicting capacity of native and non-native speakers, the close interconnection between linguistic and extra-linguistic factors, the important role of prototypical semes, and the usual dominance of a single central reading.



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