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Making New Words: Morphological Derivation in English

R. M. W Dixon


Making New Words provides a detailed study of roughly 200 prefixes and suffixes which create new words in today’s English. Alongside a systematic discussion of these forms, Professor Dixon explores and explains the hundreds of conundrums that seem to be exceptions to general rules: why do we say un-distinguished (with prefix un-) but in-distinguishable (with in-); why un-ceasing but in-cesssant? Why, alongside gold-en, do we say silver-y (not silver-en)? Why is it wood-en (not wood-ic) but metall-ic (not metall-en)? After short preliminary chapters, which outline the criteria employed, there a ... More

Keywords: English language, word, noun, adjective, verb, adverb, derivation, negation, productivity, double duty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712367
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712367.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. M. W Dixon, author
Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the Language and Culture Centre, James Cook University