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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. The resultant analogies, however, can only be interpreted as clippings (since the alleged short adjective forms do not exist).
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. Wald and Besserman assume the existence of "a formal and semantic economy in the internal structure of a compound verb" which is limited to "what is necessary to semantic interpretation of that compound verb, and suppressing what is unnecessary in that context" (Wald and Besserman 2002: 423).
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).
Back-formations appeal to lawyers because too-short words make us nervous.
I hope this will inspire you all to remedy needless back-formations and revive the shorter, more vivid words they tend to replace.
In other words, "[a]uthor's rights will thus appear as back-formations within the development of industrial copyright" (44).