Quiz | Words and word-formation processes

The questions in this quiz are from The Study of Language (THIRD EDITION) book written by GEORGE YULE.

This quiz is not only for BSED majoring in English but also for everyone, especially YOU!. . .

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#1. a morpheme that is inserted in the middle of a word (e.g. -rn- in the Kamhmu word srnal).

#2. the invention of new words

#3. a new word

#4. the process of forming new words by adding affixes

#5. the process of reducing a word such as a noun to a shorter version and using it as a new word such as a verb

#6. the process of changing the function of a word, such as a noun to a verb, as a way of forming new words, also known as ‘category change’ or ‘functional shift’

#7. the process of combining two (or more) words to form a new word (e.g. waterbed)

#8. the process of taking words from other languages

#9. a bound morpheme added to the beginning of a word (e.g. unhappy)

#10. a process of forming a new word to be similar in some way to an existing word

#11. a bound morpheme such as un- or -ed added to a word (e.g. undressed) un-, mis-, pre-, -ful, -less, -ish, -ism and -ness which appear in words like unhappy, misrepresent, prejudge, joyful, careless, boyish, terrorism and sadness.

#12. a word-formation process in which a longer word is reduced to a shorter form with -y or -ie at the end

#13. a bound morpheme added to the end of a word (e.g. fainted, illness)

#14. a morpheme such as un- or -ed that cannot stand alone and must be attached to another form (e.g. undressed)

#15. a new word formed from the initial letters of other words

#16. a type of borrowing in which each element of a word is translated into the borrowing language, also called calque

#17. the process of reducing a word of more than one syllable to a shorter form

#18. the study of the origin and history of words

#19. a word derived from the name of a person or place

#20. the process of combining the beginning of one word and the end of another word to form a new word


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