Word-formational productivity of the Slovene language in the case of sports neologisms

Authors

  • Irena Stramljič Breznik University of Maribor
  • Ines Voršič University of Maribor

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.51.1.23-38

Keywords:

Word-formational productivity of the Slovene language in the case of sports neologisms

Abstract

Newly created words are a frequent topic of research in modern linguistics. The reason for this is that innovation processes in lexicon are a reflection of dynamic tendencies which occur as a consequence of modern communication requirements. This contribution focuses on the field of sports, using a corpus approach based on the Sketch Engine (SkE). It investigates formations in Slovene with low frequency (e.g. nogometoljubec, karatejka, sankijada). Based on their morphemic structure, it determines whether they are potential neologisms, which are created according to a productive pattern, or nonce formations, which are created according to individual patterns connected with specific text usage, and which as ad-hoc formations do not belong to the productive word-formational patterns. In light of these findings, the question of the combinations of domestic and foreign word-formational elements will be discussed, and consequently also the question of the hybridization of Slovene formations today. The corpus-based approach will enable us to determine whether the analysed material represents a word-formational core or periphery of the lexicon. In order to detect new lexical processes, it is necessary to investigate atypical word-formational processes which open up the creative potential of language. They testify to the dynamic nature of language and to its capability to respond to the different needs of different users in different circumstances.

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Published

31.12.2011

How to Cite

Stramljič Breznik, I., & Voršič, I. (2011). Word-formational productivity of the Slovene language in the case of sports neologisms. Linguistica, 51(1), 23–38. https://doi.org/10.4312/linguistica.51.1.23-38