vegetariangoose (vegetariangoose) wrote in linguaphiles,

Word Formation

Oookay, so, I have a favour to ask of all of you total strangers. I have a project for my morphology class that requires me to find 5 examples for each of 11 word formation processes and I am having a hell of a time doing it. The catch is that they have to be new words that are commonly used with MSN, facebook, text-messaging, that kind of thing. I don't really use msn language, mostly just ppl and lol, and my friends don't either so i'm kind of stuck for examples. I've been browsing facebook but it's mostly just full of people using UR and i'm going to list the processes and brief definitions and if anyone can help out I would love you forever.

1) Affixation : adding an affix (suffix or prefix) to a word
2) Compounding :  2 or more words into 1 word
3) Zero-Derivation : adding no affixes and using words of one category as another eg. nouns to verbs (text, message)
4) Stress shift : stress is shifted from one syllable to another which creates a change in category eg. noun to verb IMplant - implANT
5) Clipping : shortening of words eg. Professor to Prof
6) Acronym formation or Abbreviations : eg. omg
7) Blending : non-morphemic parts of two words are put together to form a new word eg. spanglish
8) Back-formation : taking off derivational affixes to create new words eg. self-destruction to self-destruct
9) Adoption of brand names as common words : eg. kleenex (remember, it has to be recent as in not in a dictionary yet kind of recent)
10) Borrowing : a word is taken from another language and adopted into the host language eg. sushi, tres
11) Folk Etymology :  a naive interpretation of a word, using the wrong term for a concept ... the only example the prof gave was "per say" instead of "per se" and i'm at a loss for any others...

Thanks so much for reading all of that, i hope you're feeling generous!

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