New coinage?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Aug 9 03:47:39 UTC 2005

At 10:31 PM -0400 8/8/05, RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
>Well, isn't it the case that compounding is by definition highly productive,
>and in English the distinction between nouns and verbs is very flexible--so
>that listing all actually occurring constructions that resemble
>"name-call" (v)
>makes only a little more sense as listing all the relative clauses that occur?
>I don't object to OED listing as many as possible, of course, but I are
>antedatings of such forms in any way important or linguistically interesting?

also, aren't we calling these "back-formations" anymore?  (I always
trot out examples like "stage-manage", "cherry-pick", and "baby-sat"
to illustrate back-formation in class.)


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