Article published in:Word Formation in South American Languages
Edited by Swintha Danielsen, Katja Hannss and Fernando Zúñiga
[Studies in Language Companion Series 163] 2014
► pp. 1–10
Introduction and acknowledgments
The term ‘word formation’ is ambiguous in modern linguistics. In one usage of the term, it is equivalent to ‘morphology’ and refers to matters such as affixation and reduplication as used in the creation of words. In the more widely accepted sense of the term, word formation refers to the creation of new lexemes in a given language. Thus it specifically excludes inflectional morphology, such as that which makes manages and managed from the base manage. At the same time, it may include things that are only marginally considered to be morphology, or that may be excluded from morphology. (L. Bauer 2006: 632, emphasis in the original)
Published online: 14 November 2014
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