Midterm #2 will cover chapters 4, 5, 6, and 7, class discussions, and web pages linked to course schedule. It focuses on these topics: allomorphy and types of allomorphy, phonetics, semantic change and its various types, etymology, plus parsing and neologism types since these topics continue through the course.
The midterm will build on concepts introduced in the previous chapters, particularly concepts relating to morphology and phonetics and identification and parsing of words introduced or discussed in class and quizzes.
Here are some skills the second midterm will test:
allomorphs, allomorphy assimilation ablaut metathesis insertion deletion weakening rhotacism Phoneticsconsonants fricative voicing affricate larynx (voice box), vocal chords nasal place of articulation liquid lips, bilabial approximant labiodental lateral interdental voicing assimilation alveolar, alveolar ridge place assimilation palatal-alveolar manner assimilation ( = alveo-palatal) partial, total assimilation hard palate, palatal vowels soft palate (velum), velar vowel frontness: front/central/back glottis, glottal vowel height: high/mid/low manner of articulation diphthong stop (plosive)Semantic changepolysemy widening (generalization) metaphor narrowing (specialization) metonymy taboo eponymy euphemism synechdoche amelioration (melioration) pejoration (degeneration)Dictionaries and etymologyetymology relation of etymology and parsing
Review Parsing page
Review word formation types:derivation
compounds, compounding folk etymology blends, blending clipping acronym
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