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Word formation

The investigation and description of process and rule-governed formation of new complex words on the basis of already existing linguistic resources.
Deals with the description of the structure of both nonce words and neologisms

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Productivity

A pattern is productive if it is repeatedly used in language to produce further instances of the same type

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Compounding

The stringing together of two or more free morphemes to one complex free morpheme, the compound

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Conversion

Morphological material added to a given form

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Back-formation

An originally older and more complex expression gives rise to the formation of a new stem. The original expression is then analysed synchronically as a derivation on the basis of a new stem and a productive suffix

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Neoclassical items

Forms in which lexemes of latin or greek origin are combined to form new combinations that are not attested in the original languages

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Coinage

The invention of totally new terms, e.g. Taking trade names for a companys product as general terms