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rough draft ENG m40 - Title The English language is...

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Title The English language is something that can be very structured and precise with many regulations. These regulations can apply generally to English phonetics or describe the specific word formation processes of English words. In word formation alone, there are about nine different types of processes that can be followed in order to create a new word. ere are many authors that use the English language and its rules to their benefit. Authors follow the processes and allow those processes to embellish the creativity in their works. A renown author known to creatively use the processes of English word formation is Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll has used the different types of word formations such as creation de novo, blending, back formation and abbreviation. Lewis Carroll proves that the creation of an imaginary world and its words is not independent from the structured instead one can see that these word processes have allowed the author to expand his imagination. These word processes and imaginary world have gone hand in hand in creating one another. Lewis Carroll’s novel Through the Looking Glass effectively illustrates the productivity of word processes and how it has been the imaginary world that has also been the external force to produce such words. In the novel, through the looking glass by Lewis Carroll the processes mainly used are creation de novo, compounding, blending and back formation. The process of compounding can be divided into two categories syntactic (transparent compounds that are easy to comprehend) and lexical (not understood through literal meanings of both words, more opaque). Lewis Carroll uses the lexical form of compounding, the two words Carroll compounds never relate to the final meaning of the compounded word. Most of the words created by Lewis Carroll are derived through creation de novo, or creating words out of nothing with no connection to any other word.
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Blending is also a commonly used word formation of Lewis where he has taken two words blended them together and received a new word that is a mixture in definition and in spelling of both words. The final two processes Lewis uses are back formation and abbreviations, in back formation an original noun is stated and from it one can derive a verb, “edit [was] not the source of the word editor” instead it was “edit [the verb] first recorded in 1793 [which came] from editor [noun] first recorded in 1712” (Minkova 15). Regardless of what type of word formation is
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