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This study compares the Italian suffix with its English counterpart in terms of productivity. While in English is often used to designate a person who devotes himself to some science or branch of knowledge (), or refers to an adherent of some creed, doctrine, or art (), Italian has extended its use to new meanings (e.g. supporter of a politician, an artist, etc.), and possible bases, from roots to phrases. Moreover, has also extended its applicability to recent loan words and abbreviations, thus becoming more frequent than and often corresponding to the suffix (e.g. vs. ) or nominal compounds (e.g. vs. ) in the formation of agent nouns. The present contrastive (corpus-based and dictionary-based) analyses confirm that is more productive than in terms of possible bases and varied meanings, which have entered the Italian lexicon and are available for the formation of neologisms.


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