Quotation Rainer, Franz. 2018. Word formation and word history: The case of CAPITALIST and CAPITALISM. In: The lexeme in descriptive and theoretical morphology, Hrsg. Olivier Bonami, Gilles Boyé, Georgette Dal, Hélène Giraudo & Fiammetta Namer, 43-65. Berlin: Language Science Press.


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The treatment of the history of modern vocabulary in historical and etymological dictionaries is generally disappointing, especially with respect to the processes by which the words came into being. The TLFi1 only provides the following information concerning the history of French capitalisme and capitaliste: “Capitalisme […] Dér. de capital²*; suff. -isme*”, “Capitaliste […] Dér. de capital*; suff. -iste*”. Such a treatment, which is inadequate even from a synchronic point of view (in the sense ‘a supporter of capitalism’, capitaliste is derived from capitalisme by affix substitution), does not do justice to the manifold relationships that have developed between these two words and their common base capital in the course of the 300 years since the creation of Dutch Capitalist in 1621. The present paper retraces in detail the many steps of the unfolding of these two words in French. It is shown that each of their many senses constitutes a separate lexeme and must be provided with an etymology of its own. Particular attention is dedicated to the identification of the exact mechanism (borrowing, semantic extension, word formation) that was at work at each step.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Word formation and word history: The case of CAPITALIST and CAPITALISM
Title of whole publication The lexeme in descriptive and theoretical morphology
Editor Olivier Bonami, Gilles Boyé, Georgette Dal, Hélène Giraudo & Fiammetta Namer
Page from 43
Page to 65
Location Berlin
Publisher Language Science Press
Year 2018
Reviewed? Y
URL http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/165
ISBN ISSN 2366-3529
Open Access Y
Open Access Link http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/165

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