Morphology, 2014, Vol.24(2), pp.83-103
The related notions of possible word, actual word and productivity are difficult to work with because of the difficulty with the notion of actual word. When large corpora are used as a source of data, there are some benefits for the practising morphologist, but the notion of actual word becomes even more difficult. This is because it rapidly becomes clear that in corpora there may be more than one form for the same morphosemantic complex, so that rules may have multiple outputs. One of the factors that may help determine the output of a variable rule in morphology is the productivity of the process involved. If that is the case, the notion of productivity has to be reevaluated.
Actual word ; Possible word ; Productivity ; Grammaticality ; Corpus linguistics
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