Word-Formation in English and German: A Contrastive Analysis

19 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2017

Date Written: December 7, 2016


Word building processes are highly common both in English and in German, which in fact share a common history. The two languages make extensive use of various word building processes to enrich their vocabularies. However, despite the certain similarities between the two languages analyzed in this paper, their different paths of evolution, and implicitly the various lexical influences exerted upon them along time, have determined distinctive features when it comes to the process of word building. Therefore, this paper intends to present a contrastive analysis between the various means of word formation in English and German, supported by examples for each of the processes analyzed.

Keywords: word-formation, composition, derivation, similarity, contrastive

JEL Classification: I20, Y80

Suggested Citation

Bruckner, Alina, Word-Formation in English and German: A Contrastive Analysis (December 7, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2912807 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2912807

Alina Bruckner (Contact Author)

Universitatea AL.I.CUZA Iasi ( email )

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