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Query:   Earliest Lexical Blending
Author:  Suzanne Kemmer
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Lexicography

Summary:   FOR QUERY: LINGUIST 11.1309

I GOT A NUMBER OF GREAT RESPONSES TO MY QUERY ABOUT
EARLY EXAMPLES OF LEXICAL BLENDING IN ENGLISH. THANKS TO
JUNE LUCHJENBROERS, MARK MANDEL, ANDREW MCCRUM,
H. MOONEY, GEOFF NUNBERG, INGRID PILLER, MICHAEL
QUINION, KATHERINE ROSSNER, FRED SHAPIRO, JESS TAUBER,
AND LARRY TRASK.

A NUMBER OF PEOPLE MENTIONED PHONAESTHETIC BLENDS (LIKE
TWIRRL FROM TWIST AND SWIRL ), OF WHICH THERE ARE APPARENT
EXAMPLES GOING BACK AT LEAST TO MIDDLE ENGLISH.

A LOCAL COLLEAGUE, MARTIN HASPELMATH, REMINDED ME ABOUT
HERMANN PAUL'S PRINZIPIEN DER SPRACHGESCHICHTE
(A BOOK WHICH CONTAINS REFERENCE TO JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING
IN LANGUAGE, IT TURNS OUT). PAUL TREATS BLENDS UNDER THE
RUBRIC OF CONTAMINATION, DEFINED AS (MY ROUGH TRANSLATION):

LL Issue: 11.1378
Date Posted: 21-Jun-2000
Original Query: Read original query