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1 Word-Composition Word-composition is a productive type of word-building, in which new words are produced by combining two or more stems. E.g.: campsite, bluebird, whitewash, in-laws, jumpsuit.

2 Types of composition Neutral Morphological Syntactic

3 Neutral compounds Two stems are joined together without any connecting elements (i.e. they are juxtaposed): scarecrow, goldfish, crybaby (плакса).

4 Subtypes of neutral compounds simple neutral compounds - consist of simple affixless stems: sunflower, bedroom, blackbird derivational, or derived compounds - have affixes in their structure: long-legged, broad- minded, globe-trotter contracted compounds - have a shortened stem in their structure (усеченный корень): H-bag (handbag), TV-set (television set), A- bomb (atomic bomb), V-day (victory day)

5 Morphological and syntactic compounds Morphological compounds - components are joined by a linking element (‘o’, ‘i’, ‘s’): videophone, microchip; tragicomic, handicraft; craftsman. Syntactic compounds are formed by the whole fragments of speech: man-of-war (военный корабль), forget-me-not, mother-in- law.

6 Types of word-composition CompositionNeutralSimpleDerivedContractedMorphologicalSyntactic

7 Types of compounds according to their meaning Non-idiomatic - compounds whose meanings can be described as the sum of the meanings of their components: classroom, bedroom, homeland, evening-gown. Idiomatic - the meaning of the compounds cannot be described as a mere sum of its components: blackboard, football, lady-killer; ladybird, tallboy (тумбочка), bluestocking.

8 The criteria for distinguishing between a compound and a word-combination The graphic criterion: tallboy, waterfall, night- gown, film-star. The semantic criterion: E.g. tallboy - a tall boy The phonetic criterion: ́greenhouse, ́blackbird, ́tallboy - green ́house, black ́bird, tall ́boy.

9 The criteria for distinguishing between a compound and a word-combination Morphological criterion: blackbird – a black bird blackbirds – the blackest birds I’ve ever seen; a black night bird Exceptions: passers-by, parks-supervisor

10 Abbreviation (contraction, shortening) Initial shortening: NASA - National Aeronautics Space Administration, NATO – North Atlantic Treaty Organization, BBC – the British Broadcasting Corporation, MP – Member of Parliament Clipping: prof, burger, bike, phone, specs, fridge, flu Blending: brunch (breakfast+lunch), smog (smoke+fog), heliport (helicopter+aeroport).

11 Minor types of word-building Onomatopoeia [ˌɔnəˌmætə'piːə]: hiss, buzz, meow, cock-a-doodle-doo, cuckoo. Reduplication: bye-bye, ta-ta; ping-pong, chit- chat (болтовня, сплетничать), shilly-shally (колебаться), walkie-talkie, mish-mash (мешанина) Back-formation: baby sitter => to babysit, beggar => to beg, burglar => to burgle, cobbler => to cobble


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