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Wed May 14 1997

Sum: Nonce formations in Italian

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  1. Elmar Schafroth, Summary: Nonce formations in Italian: verbs in -acchiare, -icchiare, -ucchiare

Message 1: Summary: Nonce formations in Italian: verbs in -acchiare, -icchiare, -ucchiare

Date: Tue, 13 May 97 09:47:17 +0200 (MET)
From: Elmar Schafroth <>
Subject: Summary: Nonce formations in Italian: verbs in -acchiare, -icchiare, -ucchiare

Some time ago (sorry for this delay) I posted a question regarding
acceptability and productivity of spontaneous verb formations in
-acchiare, -icchiare or -ucchiare, such as "veducchiare" (from
"vedere"). I would like to thank once again all those who responded
to my question:

K. Pizzi
Annalisa Bracciotti
Hans Grote
Anna Chiarenza

I would llike to give my special thanks to

Antonella Gramone
Philip Grew

who gave me fantastic material.

Here are those nonce formations not mentioned in the major Italian
dictionaries and coined or "heard" by the people who answered me.

sguarducchiare (guardare distrattamente un film in TV)
sleccacchiare (leccare, detto dei gatti)
riposucchiare (to rest a little bit, i.e. for a short while)
guidacchiare (to drive an automobile (only) occasionally or without 
particular skill)
lavicchiare (to wash (one's hands) a little bit)
arrangicchiare (to just barely get by or to eke out a paltry existence)
pieguzzare (to fold (carta origami) minutely)

Thank you all


Dr. Elmar Schafroth
c/o Romanische Sprachwissenschaft
Universitaet Augsburg
Universitaetsstr. 10

Tel.: (0821) 598-5738
Fax.: (0821) 598-5501
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