Quotation Rainer, Franz. 2018. Patterns and niches in diachronic word formation: the fate of the suffix -men from Latin to Romance. Morphology. 28 (4), 397-465.


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The Latin suffix -MEN of words like foramen, nutrimen, albumen, etc. has left traces in all Romance idioms, but the outcome has been quite different in each of them. The present paper describes in some detail the distribution and the meaning of the successors of -MEN in each of the Romance idioms and tries to uncover the mechanisms behind the fragmentation process. Some of the changes already took place in Latin, while others occurred in Romance times. It is argued that in the absence of lexical continuities between Latin and Romance a close attention to word-formation patterns and semantic niches, as well as a close comparison of similar developments in Romance idioms can be helpful in reconstruction.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Morphology
Language English
Title Patterns and niches in diachronic word formation: the fate of the suffix -men from Latin to Romance
Volume 28
Number 4
Year 2018
Page from 397
Page to 465
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11525-018-9333-3
Open Access N

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Competence Center for Business Languages WE (Details)
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