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The following expressions can be classified as either: LISTEME or FORMED BY RULE. A LISTEME is an expression that would have to be learned as a...

The following expressions can be classified as either: LISTEME or FORMED BY RULE. A LISTEME is an expression that would have to be learned as a specific item of English. An expression is FORMED BY RULE if you could create it and/or understand it without having previously encountered it simply by knowing the words and morphemes and the rules for putting words and sentences together. (The intended meaning of each expression is given below it in small type. Refer only to the meaning given there.

Which one is FORMED BY RULE?

a. nonalcoholic
(containing no alcohol)

b. nonchalant
(giving the appearance being unconcerned)

c. yellow jacket
(a type of wasp with yellow and black stripes)

d. boysenberry
(a kind of small, red, hybrid fruit)

e. My dad jumped down my throat.
(my male parent got angry with me)

This question was asked on Jan 29, 2013.

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