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. the process of taking words from other languages

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

#3. a new word

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

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

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

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

#8. 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

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

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

#11. 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’

#12. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

#18. the invention of new words

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

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


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