NON-PRODUCTIVE TYPES OF WORD-FORMATION. 1. Onomatopoeia formation of words from sounds that resemble those associated with the object or action to be made or that seem suggestive of its

1. Onomatopoeia formation of words from sounds that resemble those associated with the object or action to be made or that seem suggestive of its qualities.

E.g.: chatter, bubble, murmur, buzz, giggle, grumble, growl, shriek.

Sound-imitations of animals: to coo-coo, moo, bow-wow, cock-a-doodle-doo, neigh, oink.

Interjections: oh, ah, bang, hush, ouch, pooh.

2. Reduplication -is formation of words by doubling a stem, either without any phonetic (bye-bye) or with a variation of the root-vowel or consonant (ping-pong, chit-chat) gradational reduplication.

This type of word-formation is facilitated by the vast number of monosyllables. Most words made by reduplication represent informal groups: colloquialisms and slang. E.g.: walkie-talkie (a portable radio), riff-raff (the worthless or disreputable element of society), chi-chi (sl.for chic)

3. Reversion (back-formation) - singling out of a stem from a word which wrongly regarded as derivative, on the analogy of the existing pairs.

E.g.: to beg from beggar to burgle from burglar to cobble from cobbler to butle from butler

to baby-sit from baby-sitter to force-land from forced landing to straphang from straphanger

4. Blending -ismerging parts of words into one new word. The result is named a blend.

E.g.:smogsmoke+fog brunchbreakfast+lunch Laundromatlaundry+automat Bisquick bisquit+quick Rosella Rose+Bella

5. Sentence-condensation -substantivising of the phrase.

E.g.: forget-me-not, hide-and-seek, merry-go-round, kiss-me-in-the-ring.

6. Sound and stress interchange gradation of sounds occupying one place in the same morpheme in various cases of its occurrence.

It is the way of forming new words only diachronically because in Modern English not a single word can be formed by changing of the root vowel of the word or by shifting the stress.

E.g.: food - to feed blood to bleed to shoot shot to sing song

There are 2 groups of sound interchange: 1. Vowel interchange: (foot feet).

2. Consonant interchange: (use [jus] to use [juz], believe belief, half halves).

Many English verbs of Latin and French origin are distinguished from nouns by the position of stress. E.g.: to record record, extract to extract, expert to expert.

Homonyms words identical in sound and spelling or in one of these aspects but different in their meaning, distribution and, in many cases, origin.E.g.: bank ball

There are 3 sources of homonyms:

1) Phonetic changes. Words undergo to phonetic changes in the course of their historical development. As a result of such changes 2 or more words which were pronounced differently may develop identical sound forms and become homonyms.E.g.:nightknight (were not h.in OE

2) Borrowings. Borrowed words may in the final stage of the phonetic adaptation duplicate in form wither a native word or another borrowing. E.g.: match (native) (Latin).

3) The result of split polysemy. 2 or more homonyms can originate from different meanings of the same word when for some reason the semantic structure of the word brakes into several parts.E.g:board , .The meanings of these words are in no way associated with one another. The semantic structure of the word was split in 3 units.


Homonyms are classified into the following classes:

1) Full lexical homonyms represent the same category of part of speech and have the same paradigm. E.g.: box ; ; fan , ball ; ; match ; ; .

2) Partial homonyms are subdivided into:

) simple lexico-grammatical partial homonyms which belong to the same part of speech. Their paradigms have one identical form, but it is never the same form.

E.g.: to found found (Past Indefinite to find).

b) complex lexico-grammatical partial homonyms different parts of speech, which have one identical form in their paradigms. E.g.: rose (flower) rose (Past Indefinite of to rise)

maid (girl) made (Past Indefinite of to make) one won (Past Indefinite of to win).

c) partial lexical homonyms words of the same part of speech, which are identical only in their corresponding forms. E.g.: to lie to lie lay lied lain lied to can - can canned - could canned - -------

Taking into consideration sound form, spelling and meaning, homonyms are classified into:

1) Perfect homonyms words, identical both in spelling and sound form, but different in meaning. E.g.: case ; , fair ;

2) Homophones words, identical in sound form but different in spelling and meaning.

E.g.: to see sea; sun son; die dye; fair fare; sail sale; cite sight; flower flour; hair hare; peace piece; rain reign.

3) Homographswords, identical in spelling, but different in sound form and meaning.

E.g.: lead lead; tear tear; Polish polish; bow bow.


SYNONYMS - 2 or more words belonging to the same part of speech and possessing one or more identical or nearly identical denotational meanings, interchangeable in some contexts.These words are distinguished by different shades of meaning, connotations and stylistic features.Several words, belonging to the same part of speech, constitute the synonymic group.

E.g.: beautiful pleasant, charming, wonderful hope expectation, anticipation.


Among synonyms there is a word, which is called dominant member, which possesses the highest frequency in use and plays important role in communication. It is a center of the group of synonyms. Its meaning is equal to denotation common to all synonymic group. This dominant is the most general term, containing the specific features, rendered by all the other members of the group.

The dominant synonym expresses thee notion common to all synonyms of the group in the most general way without contributing any additional information as to the manner, intensity, duration or any attending feature of the referent.

Any dominant member is a typical basic vocabulary word. Its meaning, which is broad and generalized, covers the meanings of the rest of the synonyms, so that it may be a substitution for any of them.

The characteristic features of dominant synonym are:

High frequency of usage. Broad combinability. Broad general meaning. Lack of connotations.


According to the difference of denotational and connotational components of meaning synonyms are classified into:

Ideographic synonyms, which differ in denotational component, between which semantic difference can be observed. E.g.: couragebraver fearlessnes daring. fameglory repute

Among ideographic synonyms we distinguish:

1) very close in meaning. E.g.: horrible terrible.

2) differ in meaning considerably. E.g.: translator interpreter.

3) differ in manner of the action. E.g.: to look to eye to peep to glance to gaze.

4) differ in degree of a given quality, in the intensity of the action performed, intensity of emotions. E.g.: to want to desire to work to toil to slave.

5) denote the same thing but differ in emotional colouring. E.g: smalllittle, boylad, biggreat.

6)differ inthe volume of the concept they express.illnessailmentdiseasemaladyindisposition

7) pairs of synonyms when one expresses continuity of action or state, the other elementary action.E.g.: to speak to say, to remember to memorize, to hear to listen.

.Stylistic synonyms differ in connotational component, in all kinds of emotional, expressive and evaluative overtones.E.g:doctordoc, it isits, professorprof, parentfather Dad-papa.

According to criterion of interchangeability in linguistic context we distinguish:

1) Relative synonyms which can substitute one another only in some contexts.

E.g.: to ask to beg to pray; to love to adore.

2) Total synonyms which can replace each other in any given context without alteration in denotation or connotation. flexioninflexionending; physiciandoctor; basementfoundation.

According to criterion of context synonyms are classified into:

1) Synonyms proper. 2) Contextual synonyms similar in meaning only under some specific conditions. E.g.: I have bought a ticket. I have got a ticket.


ANTONYMS words which are different in sound form and characterized by semantic polarity of their denotational meaning. E.g.: hot cold; good bad; healthy ill; alive dead.

Antonyms are classified into:

1) Absolute (root). are diametrically opposite in meaning and remain antonyms in any word combinations. E.g.: activepassive; alikedifferent; hotcold; whiteblack; advanceretreat 2) Derivationalare formed with the help of negative affixes:

a) prefixes: un- unhealthy; unhappy in- (ir-, il-, im-) immaterial; illegal; irregular.

b) suffixes, which give to the word the meaning of the presence or absence of quality or feature, indicated by a root: -ful, -less E.g.: helpful helpless; tactful tactless.

Antonyms may be:

1) Antonyms proper the semantic polarity is relative, the opposition is gradual, it may include several elements characterized by different degree of the same property. They always imply comparison. E.g.: large little, small; high low, short, small.

2) Complementaries are words characterized only by a binary opposition, which may have only 2 members. The denial of one member is stating of the other. malefemale; prosepoetry.

3) Conversives are words, which denote one and the same referent as viewed from different points of view that of the subject and that of the object. Their interchangeability and contextual behaviour are specific. E.g.: He gave her flowers. She received flowers from him.

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