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Did you have a choccie bickie this arvo? A quantitative look at Australian hypocoristics


Kidd, E and Kemp, N and Quinn, S, Did you have a choccie bickie this arvo? A quantitative look at Australian hypocoristics, Language Sciences: A World Journal of The Sciences of Language, 33, (3) pp. 359-368. ISSN 0388-0001 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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This paper considers the use and representation of Australian hypocoristics (e.g., choccie→. chocolate, arvo→. afternoon). One-hundred-and-fifteen adult speakers of Australian English aged 17-84 years generated as many tokens of hypocoristics as they could in 10. min. The resulting corpus was analysed along a number of dimensions in an attempt to identify (i) general age- and gender-related trends in hypocoristic knowledge and use, and (ii) linguistic properties of each hypocoristic class. Following Bybee's (1985, 1995) lexical network approach, we conclude that Australian hypocoristics are the product of the same linguistic processes that capture other inflectional morphological processes. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Psycholinguistics (incl. speech production and comprehension)
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication across languages and culture
UTAS Author:Kemp, N (Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp)
UTAS Author:Quinn, S (Mrs Sara Quinn)
ID Code:66262
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2011-01-11
Last Modified:2017-07-24
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