undergraduate thesis
On the polysemy of agentive suffixes in English and Croatian: comparing -er and -ač

Mirjana Marković (2015)
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Metadata
TitleOn the polysemy of agentive suffixes in English and Croatian: comparing -er and -ač
AuthorMirjana Marković
Mentor(s)Gabrijela Buljan (thesis advisor)
Abstract
This paper deals with the semantic roles of nouns that end in –er in English and in –ač in Croatian. Both suffixes are productive in their respective languages. The goal of the research was to see which semantic roles can be taken by words formed with each of these suffixes. With the help of a theoretical overview and a research conducted in the corpora of English and Croatian, it was discovered that the suffix –er is much more polysemous than the suffix –ač, since it is productive in the formation of the majority of semantic roles in varying degrees. The suffix –ač is only productive in the formation of agent and instrument nouns. The suffix –er also attaches to a greater variety of bases than the suffix –ač. What can also be seen from the results of the research is that single English words with the suffix –er can more commonly take different semantic roles in context than the Croatian ones with the suffix –ač.
Parallel title (Croatian)O polisemiji agentivnih sufiksa u engleskom i hrvatskom: usporedba sufiksa -er i sufiksa -ač
GranterJosip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Anglistics
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Croatian Studies
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeCroatian Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. croat.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2015-09-09
Parallel keywords (Croatian)–er –ač word formation semantic role polysemy context corpus research
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:649177
CommitterBernardica Plašćak