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date: 16 June 2021

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This chapter reviews the currently most active debates in the field of the morphological derivation of adjectives and adverbs. It adresses in particular the problem of what is a grammatically relevant classification of adjectival and adverbial classes in morphology, how much correspondence there is between different morphological processes and the sub-classes identified by grammatical criteria and, as a consequence of the previous problems, whether complex adjectives are defined by the information of the morphological process, its base or the interaction of both factors. Some space is also devoted to the problem of the relation between inflection and derivation in morphologically complex adjectives.

Keywords: adjectives, adverbs, adjectival classification, constructionism, lexicalism, affixation, affix semantics, grammatical categories, compositionality

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