Volume 16, Issue 4
  • ISSN 1384-6655
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9811
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This paper presents a corpus-based study of English denominal adjectives in . Starting with semantic aspects, including the relationship between and , it then reports on the productivity of adjectives by discussing the kinds of nouns to which is added, along with the distributions of individual formations in the Bank of English corpus. It next draws attention to the marked collocational patterns in which adjectives occur. These relate both to sets of items collocating with individual adjectives, and to subsets of adjectives collocating with individual nouns. There are implications in these bidirectional collocational patterns, it is argued, for studies of productivity and lexicalization: in particular that collocational constraints may exist at the level of morpheme, not just at the level of word or phrase.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): adjectives; collocation; figurative language; morphology; patterning; productivity
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