Abstract and Keywords
While linguistic factors which affect the productivity of word-formation processes and rules have been extensively studied, it comes as a surprise that hardly any attention has been paid to sociolinguistic factors (age, gender, education, profession, language background) that affect either the formation or the interpretation of complex words. As a result, there are only a few publications dealing with the social aspects of derivational morphology. This chapter, therefore, maps the situation in this field and presents the available results.
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