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English Lexicogenesis

D. Gary Miller


This book is about the processes by which novel words are coined. Ten distinctions are drawn between processes based on implicit knowledge and those deployed with varying levels of consciousness. The rationale for this distinction is that the former operate on grammatical principles and yield the abstract hierarchical structures of core morphology. The latter apply templatic or other prosodic structures to output representations, and yield the non-hierarchical constructs of expressive or playful morphology. Core morphology includes affixation, compounding, conversion, recursivity, semantic and ... More

Keywords: arbitrariness, English, history of English, iconicity, institutionalization, language change, language play, lexicogenesis, morphology, neologism, onomasiology, word formation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199689880
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199689880.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. Gary Miller, author
Professor Emeritus, University of Florida