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Corpus-based productivity measures of English -er agentives and instrumentals
(University of Washington, 2013)
This paper investigates the claim that agentive and instrumental forms of English “-er”morpheme show differing productivity (a claim due to Derwing 1976). An attempt is made to replicate Derwing’s findings using modern corpus methods. Novel annotations for animacy and agentivity/instrumentality were created on the Brown corpus ...