Word Formation Units
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I'm currently working on the status of word formation units such as -zine
(Metallic-Zine, PC-Zine), -minator (Ebayminator, Tomminator)and -tainment
(Center-tainment, Cover-tainment) in German.
Obviously, these elements cannot be clearly classified as free words,
shortenings, affixes, semi-affixes or combining forms. They are rather
transitional/marginal phenomena on the parole-level that challenge the
assumptions of distinct categories and fixed definitions.
Does anyone know any literature on the morphological status of the
I will post a summary, if I receive sufficient responses.
Thanks in advance,
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