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Query Details

Query Subject:   Word Formation Units
Author:   Sascha Michel
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Morphology

Query:   Dear all,

I'm currently working on the status of word formation units such as -zine
(Metallic-Zine, PC-Zine), -minator (Ebayminator, Tomminator)and -tainment
(Center-tainment, Cover-tainment) in German.

Obviously, these elements cannot be clearly classified as free words,
shortenings, affixes, semi-affixes or combining forms. They are rather
transitional/marginal phenomena on the parole-level that challenge the
assumptions of distinct categories and fixed definitions.

Does anyone know any literature on the morphological status of the
mentioned elements?

I will post a summary, if I receive sufficient responses.

Thanks in advance,
Sascha Michel
LL Issue: 18.43
Date posted: 09-Jan-2007


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