Word formation II
... even affixes can all act as bases for conversion as in to
up prices, the hereafter. Furthermore, many of these
word classes can undergo conversion into more than
one other class.
It should be noted that even a whole phrase may
undergo conversion and act as a noun
English Word Formation Processes
... from revision + ion. When television was invented, the
verb televise was back formed on the basis of analogy with
revision and revise, that is:
revision : revise :: television : X
One very regular source of back-formed verbs in English
is based on the pattern: worker—work. The assumption
seems to ha ...
A portmanteau (/pɔrtˈmæntoʊ/, /ˌpɔrtmænˈtoʊ/; plural /ˌpɔrtmænˈtoʊz/ portmanteaus or portmanteaux) or portmanteau word is a linguistic blend of words, in which parts of multiple words, or their phones (sounds), and their meanings are combined into a new word. ""Portmanteau"" is a suitcase that opens into two equal sections.A portmanteau word fuses both the sounds and the meanings of its components, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or motel, from motor and hotel. In linguistics, a portmanteau is defined as a single morph which represents two or more morphemes. The definition overlaps with the grammatical term contraction, but a distinction can be made between a portmanteau and a contraction by noting that contractions are formed from words that would otherwise appear together in sequence, such as do and not, whereas a portmanteau word is formed by combining two or more existing words that all relate to a singular concept which the portmanteau describes. Portmanteau should also be distinguished from compounds, which do not involve the truncation of parts of the stems of the blended words. For instance, starfish is a compound, not a portmanteau, of star and fish (a hypothetical portmanteau of these words might be stish).