MAEnglish Wordformation

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60
Type: Seminar Classes

Main Instructor

Eva Sicherl, PhD

Instructor

Eva Sicherl, PhD

Course Description

Students are introduced to the basics of modern English word formation, focusing on the most important and common word formation processes (affixation, compounding, conversion). Additionally, less frequent word formation processes which are typical of modern English are covered (back-formation, clipping, blending, word-manufacturing). Root-creation is also commented on, mainly because it contributes an important part to vocabulary (originating in onomatopoeia, sound symbolism and proper names) and because it deals with creation of new lexemes in the broad sense of the word. Other sources of vocabulary are also dealt with, such as borrowing and contributions by authors. The topics which are particularly important in the pedagogical process are covered by specially designed exercises.

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