- Historical word-formation caught in the present: changes in modern usage
- Book title
- Historical English word-formation and semantics
- Pages (from-to)
- Peter Lang
- Document type
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
This paper discusses two different directions in morphological change: from full form to suffix and from unspecified segment of a simple word to suffix or even free form. Together with the well known notion of lateral change these two opposite directions show that there is not a preferred direction in language change. In language change opposing forces appear to be at work. Most of the examples discussed here are from recent usage, which shows that historical processes can be studied in the present also.
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