Influence of morpheme polysemy on morpheme frequency

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A hypothesis about the dependency of morpheme frequency on morpheme polysemy will be discussed and tested on a German sample. It will be shown that the hypothesis seems to be correct for derivational affixes and morphemes which are used as verbs, nouns, or adjectives. In the case of morphemes which are used as function words the hypothesis cannot be confirmed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Quantitative Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999