back-formation


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back-formation

A coined verb that began as a noun, or a coined noun that began as a verb; for example: “liaise” (verb) as a back-formation of “liaison” (noun).
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A mixture of clipping and back-formation can be observed in (21):
Here, C is originally the adjective root from which the noun Wuste 'desert' was derived, so this instance can be seen as a back-formation.
Both are involved in the configuring of the latter's semantics no matter whether the compound verb results from direct composition or from back-formation.
compound verbs in English and Bulgarian are traditionally marginalized and overlooked on grounds of their heterogeneity in terms of origin (compound verbs cab created via composition, back-formation and conversion in English), which inevitably leads to expectations for diverse semantic constitution and divergent properties as lexical items stemming from the generally assumed cause-effect relationship between word-formation process and lexical properties (including semantic composition).
In other words, "[a]uthor's rights will thus appear as back-formations within the development of industrial copyright" (44).