October 8, 2008
For an anthropology project, groups were asked to make two unique and obscure
words, and two made-up words. To help come up with the fictional words, groups used
the nine techniques of word making, derivation, compounding, functio nal shift, back
formation and clipping, proper names, imitation, blending, and original coinage. The
group then presented the words to the class complete with three different definitions of
each word. The class was then supposed to guess if the word was real of fictional. If
anyone felt a word was real, they were then asked what they felt was the correct
definition. When deciding whether a word was real or fake, students would search the
word for morphemes, the spelling of the word, if any of the definitions made sense.
While reviewing the “scores” for the game, students were able to, in most cases, tell if the
word was real, and students had even more success when determining that a word was
made-up. Going through the words, similarities can be found in the word making, and
also in the creations of the definitions. Through the use of the nine word-making
techniques, and morphemes, students were able to determine their opinion on the words.
Group one presented the first word, corptual. The group used the blending