Language Change Terminology Quiz

What is a Metaphor?
An abstract meaning added to a word
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'The combination of free and bound Morphemes' is an explanation for what term?
Affixation
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What is a polysemy?
When words with multiple meanings are able to coexist
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'The creation of a new word or phrase which everybody begins to use' explains what term?
Coinage
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What is a Narrowing?
When the meaning of a word becomes more specific
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'Unpleasant words being given pleasant alternatives' explains what language term?
Euphemism
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What is an Eponym?
When a persons name becomes a noun used for an object created by that person
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'The shortening of a word which then becomes the norm' explains which language term?
Clipping
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What is a Pejoration?
When the meaning of a word becomes more negative over time
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'When the meaning of a word becomes more positive over time' is an example of what language term?
Amelioration
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What is a Conversion?
When a word shifts from one word class to another
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'Words combined to form a new one' explains which language term?
Compounding
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What is a weakening?
When the meaning of a word loses its force/impact
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'The combination of free and bound Morphemes' is an explanation for what term?

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Affixation

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What is a polysemy?

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Card 4

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'The creation of a new word or phrase which everybody begins to use' explains what term?

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What is a Narrowing?

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