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By Jacek Fisiak, Marcin Krygier

This quantity comprises 28 papers from the ninth overseas convention in English old Linguistics, which came about in Poznan, Poland, in August 1996. The contributions disguise all facets of the heritage of the English language, together with: phonology; morphology; syntax; and lexicon.

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Each of them can vary in complexity from affix to affix, and so can the connections between the domains. Several word-formation theories which are radically different in outlook and design have acknowledged this fact and have said 40 Christiane Dalton-Puffer in one way or another that the configuration of derivational domains is important. Structuralist analyses have often worked with the concept of "functional overload" of formal entities when engaged in explaining structural changes in linguistic subsystems.

Sil. So please you, for I neuer heard it yet. 37) In the first place, may it please you is usually followed either by an infinitive (with or without to) introducing a polite request or by a thai-clause (with or without that) initiating a respectful discourse; whereas please you in (16) and so please you in (17) are not followed by an infinitive or a thai-clause. Secondly, in may it please you the referent of it is the following infinitive or thai-clause, without which the sentence is pragmatically incomplete; whereas both please you in (16) and so please you in (17) are pragmatically complete.

In principle, form and meaning are considered as being on a par but the realities of morphological study and the traditions which have arisen from it have usually meant that formal descriptions and formal criteria tend to be more refined than their semantic counterparts. Even so, it is usually acknowledged that the connections which hold between derivational forms and derivational functions play an important part in several phenomena derivational morphologists are interested in: establishing suffix taxonomies, delineating diachronic developments, determining productivity, or working out which restrictions govern the applicability of word-formation rules.

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