ENGS7-9 English Word Formation 5 ECTS
Period I Period II Period II Period IV
Language of instruction
Type or level of studies
Advanced studies
Course unit descriptions in the curriculum
DP in English Language, Literature and Translation
Faculty of Communication Sciences

General description

This option will present students with an extensive coverage of the different ways in which new words are formed in English. The course will begin by a survey of the basic concepts relating to word-formation and morphology (affix, derivation, root, base, lexeme, opaqueness, transparency etc.). We shall then move on to examine the many different processes by which new words are formed in English (e.g. derivation, compounding, blending, clipping, sound-symbolism). The course ends with two relatively recent ways of putting together new words (cut-down puns and knock-knock words).

Course work includes regular attendance of the weekly sessions, homework assignments (theory handouts and practical exercises relating to various aspects of word-formation), and an end-of-term examination.

Enrolment for University Studies

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Juhani Norri, Teacher responsible


11-Jan-2019 – 17-May-2019
Fri 11-Jan-2019 - 22-Feb-2019 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Fri 8-Mar-2019 - 12-Apr-2019 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031
Fri 26-Apr-2019 - 17-May-2019 weekly at 10-12, Pinni B 4031