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Productivity (linguistics): Quiz


Question 1: In ________, productivity is the degree to which native speakers use a particular grammatical process, especially in word formation.

Question 2: In the hacker sociolect, however, the plural -en became at least ephemerally productive for words ending with /-ks/ (on the ________ of ox:oxen), as illustrated by the plurals VAXen, unixen and emacsen, for example.

Question 3: Such cases are standardly said to have been created by ________ instead of by productive application of ablaut rules, though this may to some extent be begging the question.

Question 4: In standard English, the formation of preterite and past ________ forms of verbs by means of ablaut (for example, singsangsung) is no longer considered productive.
InfinitiveFrequentativePreposition and postpositionParticiple


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