Old English strong verbs derived from strong verbs: affix variation, grammaticalisation and recursivity 1

Javier Arista
This journal article deals with the questions of affix variation and grammaticalisation in the formation of Old English strong verbs and discusses them in the wider context of recursivity. The analysis identifies 47 different patterns of recursivity, none of which involves double recursivity or suffixation. The conclusions are reached that: (i) recursivity in strong verb formation represents the relatively low figure of 9.2%; (ii) the pure affixes constitute a coherent group; and (iii) the
more » ... and (iii) the analysis of recursivity that is carried out allows to relate formal properties of affix combination to functional questions such as semantic compatibility and grammaticalisation.