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Folk etymology and contamination in the Romance languages

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‘Folk etymology’ and ‘contamination’ each involve associative formal influences between words which have no ‘etymological’ (i.e., historical), connexion. From a morphological perspective, in folk etymology a word acquires at least some elements of the structure of some other, historically unrelated, word. The result often looks like a compound, of a word composed of other, independently existing, words. These are usually (but not necessarily) ‘compounds’ lacking in any semantic compositionali...

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10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.457

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University of Oxford
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HUMS
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Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
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Trinity College
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Oxford University Press Publisher's website
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Oxford Encyclopedia of Romance Linguistics
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2020-06-30
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1063950
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English
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2019-10-21

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