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date: 17 November 2019

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This chapter looks at the important derivational processes in the Indo-European language family. After providing an overview of the language family, the different sub-groups, and the demographics, it discusses the prominent word-formation processes in Indo-European. It then moves on to describe in detail the different derivational processes. The relative productivity of the different processes across the languages and sub-groups is highlighted. The processes are also described with reference to the syntactic and semantic categories derived. The chapter then takes up the Indo-Aryan sub-branch for a more detailed analysis, with the Hindi language receiving specific attention. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the influence of English on Hindi word formation.

Keywords: word formation, derivation, productivity, category, Indo-Aryan, Hindi

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