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linguisticsweb:glossary:linguistics_glossary:backformation [2014/01/31 17:36]
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 Formation of a new word by removal of a morph that is or resembles an affix. ​ Formation of a new word by removal of a morph that is or resembles an affix. ​
  
-|Examples: | //to edit//, v. | from | //editor//, n. |+|**Examples:** | //to edit//, v. | from | //editor//, n. |
 |   |//to lase//, v. | from | //laser//, n. * | |   |//to lase//, v. | from | //laser//, n. * |
  
  
 *Note that this last example is especially striking as laser is an acronym of the phrase //light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation//​. The seemingly removed morph //er// at the end of the noun is thus not the real suffix //-er//, but a pseudosuffix that resembles the suffix in words like //baker//, n., //lover//, n. *Note that this last example is especially striking as laser is an acronym of the phrase //light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation//​. The seemingly removed morph //er// at the end of the noun is thus not the real suffix //-er//, but a pseudosuffix that resembles the suffix in words like //baker//, n., //lover//, n.