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date: 13 June 2021

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Although multiplicity of meaning is a ubiquitous feature of word-formation patterns it has attracted surprisingly little attention in morphology, as compared with the polysemy of words in lexicology. After a brief introduction, the chapter starts out with a section on the basic notions. Section 19.3 argues that the repeated attempts, especially since the advent of structuralism, to derive the undeniable polysemy of many complex words from monosemous word-formation patterns have largely been unsuccessful. It also provides an overview about how the polysemy of word-formation patterns has been handled in different morphological frameworks. Section 19.4 describes some of the most frequent polysemic constellations in word formation in the languages of the world, while Section 19.5 sketches the most important diachronic pathways that lead to polysemy or homonymy in word formation.

Keywords: polysemy, homonymy, monosemy, semantic change, semantic fragmentation, radial category, constructional schema, thematization, co-indexation

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