Evaluation through morphology: A cognitive perspective

In this paper I address the evaluational potential of morphology by showing how semantic changes originate in conceptual processes that exploit morphological forms to express evaluative meanings. In attempting to provide an account of this issue I present a cognitively-based theory of morphological representation. I also situate my theory within a general context of cognitive linguistics. I present an account of morphological concept, model the process of morphological representation, single out the factors, influencing the process of forming sense when analyzing morphological representation. I illustrate all my theoretical assumptions on the basis of the category of degree in English. Finally I lay special emphasis on the fact that the possibility of morphological forms to express evaluative meanings is caused by conceptual processes which underlie the morphological representation.

Keywords: morphology, morphological representation, morphological concept, evaluation, cognitive mechanism


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