An Advanced English Practice Course by James Day

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This is perhaps a little unlikely, but most people will probably need to engage in a little lateral historical thinking to arrive at the right answer. It is much more likely that in the ordinary course of events they will give the matter no thought at EXAMPLES OF LEXICA LIZATION 55 all, and regard pell/wife as the specific but inherently uninformative name of a type of knife. The historically based definition in the OED (third edition, entry published 200S) informs anyone about the history of the word penknife immediately: 'Originally: a small knife for use in making and mending quill pens (now rare).

E. capable of f'o rming new words, it can some­ times generate an enormous number of new word forms. I'o'b/oolllillgllllely (see also section 2. 1 . 4). On the distinction between derivation and inflection see Plag (2003) 1 4- 1 6 . /Jeill + -ate, where de- and -ale remain distinct aflixes with distinct meaning and function. Such formations are normally called parasynthetic. 10 For a detailed analysis of morphological productivity see Bauer (200 1); a useful account, with further references, is also given by Plag (2006).

51 transporting lunch to a workplace 01; especially, to school. This suggests that it is an institutionalized word for this item. If someone called the slu11e thing a 'foodbox or a *lunchcarrier we might understand from context what was meant, but it would strike us as not being the right word: in fact, it would be a nonce forrnatioll which we would interpret from the context i n which it occurred, and w c would soon conclude that it was intended a s a synonym of the institutionalized word hlllchbox.

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