Word Formation

  • G. L. Brook
Part of the St Antony’s book series


Word formation is a branch of the study of language which might seem to have little to do with the affairs of everyday life, something that should be the concern of the grammarian but not of the man in the street, who hopes that if he leaves word formation alone it will leave him alone, but it is not a subject that we can afford to ignore. By paying attention to parts of words as well as complete words we can add to our vocabulary with little effort, because we can use and understand compound words and derivatives that we have never seen before, once we have understood the principles on which they are formed.


Everyday Life English Word Word Formation Jerusalem Artichoke Compound Word 
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© G. L. Brook 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. L. Brook
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

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