Talk: An empirical study of the first-coined lexemes with native combining forms

This speech will be based on an experiment I conducted for my Master’s thesis. This experiment is about native combining forms. Native combining forms (e.g. info-, -lect or -ware) are word-formation elements that have been relatively little studied. They are parts of a lexeme that attach themselves to other (full or clipped) lexemes. While they are abundant in English, it is difficult to define them as they share some similarities with affixation (Bauer 1983) and blending (Lehrer 1998, Fradin 2005). This study aims at describing the first occurrences of twelve native combining forms with respect to their original lexeme (e.g. cyber- is the native combining form, cybernetics the original lexeme, and cybermedic an occurrence of the combining form) in order to find if they share some resemblance, and whether using combining forms is closer from affixation or from blending. This presentation will have the following structure: an introduction with some background knowledge, a presentation of the methodology and the results, a discussion of the results and a conclusion.


Bauer, L. (1983). English Word-Formation. Cambridge: CUP.
Fradin, B. (2005). Blending. In: P.O. Müller, I. Ohnheiser, S. Olsen, F. Rainer, eds. Word-Formation. An International Handbook of the Languages of Europe. Volume I. Berlin: De Gruyter. 386–413.
Lehrer, A. (1998). Scapes, holics, and thons: The semantics of English combining forms. American Speech, 73(1), 3-28.


Day: 2020-11-20
Start time: 18:00
Duration: 00:30
Room: Odille Morison
Track: Diverse
Language: en



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