English Lexicogenesis by D. Gary Miller

English Lexicogenesis

byD. Gary Miller

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English Lexicogenesis investigates the processes by which novel words are coined in English, and how they are variously discarded or adopted, and frequently then adapted. Gary Miller looks at the roles of affixation, compounding, clipping, and blending in the history of lexicogenesis,including processes taking place right now. The first four chapters consider English morphology and the recent types of word formation in English: the first introduces the morphological terminology used in the work and the book's theoretical perspectives; chapter 2 discusses productivity andconstraints on derivations; chapter 3 describes the basic typology of English compounds; and chapter 4 considers the role of particles in word formation and recent construct types specific to English. Chapters 5 and 6 focus respectively on analogical and imaginative aspects of neologistic creationand the roles of metaphor and metonymy. In chapters 7 and 8 the author considers the influence of folk etymology and tabu, and the cycle of loss of expressivity and its renewal. After outlining the phonological structure of words and its role in word abridgements, he examines the acoustic and perceptual motivation of word forms. He then devotes four chapters to aspects and functions of truncation and to reduplicative and conjunctive formations. In the final chapter he looksat the relationship between core and expressive morphology and the role of punning and other forms of language play, before summarizing his arguments and findings and setting out avenues for future research.

About The Author

D. Gary Miller is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Classics at the Universities of Florida and Colorado, Boulder. His books include Homer and the Ionian Epic Tradition (1982), Improvisation, Typology, Culture, and 'The New Orthodoxy': How 'Oral' is Homer? (1982), Complex Verb Formation (1993), Ancient Scripts and Phonological Know...
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Title:English LexicogenesisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:March 20, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199689881

ISBN - 13:9780199689880

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Table of Contents

1. Theoretical assumptions2. Productivity and constraints3. Compounding4. New patterns of derivation5. Novel word crafting6. Metaphor and metonymy7. Folk etymology and tabu8. The cycle of expressivity9. Phonological form and abridgements10. Sound symbolism11. Clipping12. Blending13. Formative extraction, combining forms, and neoclassical compounding14. Reduplicative and conjunctive formations15. Core and expressive morphology: Conclusion