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All English words of the form Xousness mean:
(i) 'the fact that Y is Xous' (ii) 'the extent to which Y is Xous' (iii) 'the quality or state of being Xous'
Hence, the meaning of Xousness words is fully compositional in meaning. This is not true for rival words of the form Xosity which have additional idiosyncratic meanings.
- Aronoff, M. 1976. Word Formation in Generative Grammar, MIT-press, Cambridge, Mass.
- Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory, Blackwell, Oxford.