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ERIC Number: ED043878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Oct
Pages: 12
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Syntactic Words.
Hough, George A., III
Michigan Linguistic Society, v1 n1 Oct 1969
English words may be divided conveniently into three categories: (1) those with a single root or base; (2) those with two bases; and (3) those which derive from syntactic structures. (Examples of words in the third category, which is the subject of this paper, are "off-the-record,""fly-by-night,""do-or-die.") Syntactic words may be difficult to define, but are fairly easily described. The significant point, and one "which has not been made at all clear in the literature of English," is that syntactic words are normal syntactic structures converted to occasional or repeated use in environments where one might normally expect to find a one-base or two-base word. Stress in syntactic words varies with the underlying structure and with the position the syntactic words take in the utterance. These words may have a single lexical base or several, and they may include function words. Syntactic words are generally nonce words; the conversion of syntactic structures to syntactic words is not a very productive process in present-day English. It is a familiar process, however, which produces some useful and interesting words. These words are also subject to the same processes of change as other words once they have been accepted into the lexicon. (AMM)
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Authoring Institution: Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant.