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Semantic discrimination of technicality in French nominalizations

Abstract : French suffixations in-age,-ion and-ment are considered roughly equivalent, yet some differences have been pointed out regarding the semantics of the resulting nominalizations. In this study, we confirm the existence of a semantic distinction between them on the basis of a large scale distributional analysis. We show that the distinction is partially determined by the degree of technicality of the denoted action:-age nominals tend to be more technical than-ion ones. We examine this hypothesis through the statistical modeling of technicality. To this end, we propose a linguistic definition of technicality, which we implement using empirical, quantitative criteria estimated in corpora and lexical resources. We show to what extent the differences with respect to these criteria adequately approximate technicality. Our study indicates that this definition of technicality, while amendable, provides new perspectives for the characterization of action nouns.
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Marine Wauquier, Nabil Hathout, Cécile Fabre. Semantic discrimination of technicality in French nominalizations. Zeitschrift für Wortbildung / Journal of Word Formation, 2020, 4, pp.100 - 119. ⟨10.3726/zwjw.2020.02.06⟩. ⟨hal-03090796⟩



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