Onomasiological Theory of Word Formation. Article (PDF Available) · December with 83 Reads. DOI: /B/X. Word formation. In linguistics, word formation is the creation of a new word. Word formation is sometimes contrasted with semantic change, which is a change in a single word's meaning.Types · Blending · Neologism. Linguistic Inquiry Volume 4 Number i (Winter, I) 3-I6. Morris Halle. Prolegomena to a Theory of Word. Formation*. Speakers of a language normally possess.
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They develop in quite explicit form a theory of what would later be called morphemic analysis, based primarily on data from French with word formation theory material from German and English, as well as occasional examples from other Indo-European languages.
The contrast between the two brothers' views thus anticipates basic issues in current theorizing about word structure.
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His promises do not end there, however. A challenging description of his theory then ensues, complete with the now seemingly obligatory maze word formation theory abbreviations: The exact distinctions between the various types are sometimes rather confusingly vague and at other times somewhat forced.
The chapters which follow this rather ambitious introduction demonstrate the method and application of this new word formation theory. Immediately, however, the author runs into many of the same problems which have confronted other theories taking such an approach.
For example, precisely what is the role that semantics plays in this theory?
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The boundary between word formation and semantic change can be difficult to define: See ' conversion '.