AUC Philologica (Acta Universitatis Carolinae Philologica) is an academic journal published by Charles University. It publishes scholarly articles in a large number of disciplines (English, German, Greek and Latin, Oriental, Romance and Slavonic studies, as well as in phonetics and translation studies), both on linguistic and on literary and cultural topics. Apart from articles it publishes reviews of new academic books or special issues of academic journals.

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AUC PHILOLOGICA, Vol 2013 No 2 (2013), 45–53

Un essai d’analyse morpho-lexicale: Frantext et les déverbaux espoir/espérance en diachronie

Jaroslav Štichauer

published online: 29. 12. 2014


Frantext and the French Deverbal Nouns Espoir/Espérance in Diachrony – an Outline of Morpho-Lexical Analysis Starting from the now classic study by Gossen (1955) on the development of French derivational doublet espoir/esperance, the paper aims at revisiting this matter taking advantage of corpus data provided by Frantext, more particularly for the preclassical and classical period. It first observes that this pair of deverbal nouns departs from both similar formations and the development of deverbals suffixed in -ance. It then analyzes a number of constructions in order to highlight potential differences in the semantic interpretations and syntactic use of these near-synonyms. The corpus data tend to show that the prediction about, i.a., the stronger processive character of deverbal in -ance (esperance) is not fully borne out and that corpus-based quantitative analysis proves unable, in this very case, to shed fundamentally new light on Gossen's conclusions.

keywords: corpus; deverbal noun; suffixation; diachrony; lexical morphology; preclassical and classical French corpus; déverbaux; suffixation; diachronie; morphologie lexicale; français préclassique et classique

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