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, dictionarie/lexicography, the OED, plus parsing, a small amount on loanword sources, and neologism types (since these are continuing topics 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 rhotacism deletion weakening insertionPhonetics
consonants 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 change
polysemy widening (broadening, generalization) metaphor narrowing (specialization) metonymy taboo eponymy euphemism synechdoche cycle of euphemism amelioration (melioration) pejoration (degeneration)Dictionaries and etymology
etymology relation of etymology and parsing folk etymology, false etymologies, hoax etymologies authoritative sources lexicography citations (quotations) the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) relation of definitions and semantic change in OED
Review Parsing page Review Sound terminology page
Review word formation types, for purposes of recognizing examples. Neologisms discussed in class might be asked about.
Last modified 22 Oct 10