The polysemy of -ize derivatives and the ModGreek counterpart -pi`o

Elizabeth Mela-Athanasopoulou
Derivatives involving the suffix -ize in English are extremely heterogeneous with regard to their semantics, syntax and the types of bases the suffix attaches to. A similar claim can be made for the ModGreek counterpart -pi'o. In this study I argue that the case of -ize and -pi'o derivatives has implications for morphological theory with regard to the status of the derivational affix in general, and word-formation rules (WFRs) in the lexicon, as well as the role of semantic and pragmatic
more » ... nd pragmatic information in lexical morphology. Based on the theory of Lexical Conceptual Semantics (LCS) (Jackendoff 1990; Plag 1999), I show how the meaning of the derived verbal is compositional and results from the interaction of the meaning of the stem with the semantic structure of the potential -ize/-pi'o derivative.
doi:10.26262/istal.v17i1.5552 fatcat:mjtckudfwrd4tdyfxhrmg7eq7q