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Extended Paradigms

There is a class of words that are frequent words of the languages, but are often not listed in dictionaries: regular morphological forms of words that are almost, yet not entirely, inflected forms of the root word. Examples of such words are the adverbial forms of adjectives (timid - timidly), diminutives (for instance in Dutch: kind - kindje), female forms of animate nouns (for instance in Portuguese: nadador - nadadora), superlatives (for instance in Spanish: grande - grandíssimo, etc.

The relations between lexical entries and the members of their extended paradigms are stored in a table, which relates different lexical items to each other by means of so-called inflectional functions. For example, the fact that grandíssimo is the superlative of grande is modeled by a related sup between the lexical entries for the adjectives grande and grandíssimo.

Such relations are displayed directly with the inflectional paradigm: the page of any word in the lemmalist displays all words that are related to it by means of an inflectional function at the bottom of the inflectional paradigm. So the OSLIN page for the Portuguese noun nadador (swimmer) displays the plural (nadadores), and below that, indicates that the female form is nadadora, which links to the page of nadadora, which in turn displays the fact the its plural is nadadoras, and that it is the female form of nadador. In this way, the page displays the extended paradigm of the words.

Apart from the intergrated display of inflectional functions, the information of the extended paradigms can also be displayed as mini dictionaries. For instance, the Portuguese portal features a dictionary of deverbal event nouns, which presents an alphabetic list of all verbs that have a deverbal event, listed together with their nominals form(s).

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