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Exploring Creativity and Extravagance: The Case of Double Suffixation in English

Jim Walker
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There has been a recent focus in studies of English morphology on the concept of extravagance as applied to word formation, and on the interplay between extravagance and creativity. This article examines this issue, taking as a test case the phenomenon of double suffixation of phrasal verbs. While double-ER suffixation (fixer-upper, helper-outer) has attracted substantial interest in the literature, less has been said about other suffixes. This article provides data that demonstrate that double suffixation occurs with-ERY,-AGE,-EE and-ABLE suffixes. As such, double suffixation can be seen as a genuine word formation template, rather than a phenomenon restricted to a single suffix. Furthermore, examination of the data enables a reflection on the interactions between the concepts of productivity, creativity and extravagance. We propose to see these concepts not just as three overlapping notions, but rather as points on a creativity scale. To underscore the parallels between them, we propose to see them successively as F-creativity, E-creativity and X-creativity.
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hal-04486710 , version 1 (02-03-2024)

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Maria Koliopoulou, Jim Walker. Exploring Creativity and Extravagance: The Case of Double Suffixation in English. 2024. ⟨hal-04486710⟩

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