Selecting the best of the worst: the grammar of Hebrew blends

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Blends, also called portmanteau words, are formed by fusing two words into one new word, where internal portions of the base words are often subtracted (one segmental string from the right part of the first word and another from the left part of the second word). For example, the English blend nixonomics has been formed by combining nixon and economics and subtracting the string neco. (For clarity of exposition, blends will be usually represented as nixo nomics, where the subtracted material is enclosed in angled brackets and the boundary between the base elements is indicated by ⋅).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-328
Number of pages46
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • Articles
  • Linguistic morphology
  • Consonants
  • Nouns
  • Words
  • Vowels
  • Syllables
  • Lexical stress
  • Tableaux
  • Optimality theory
  • Verbs
  • morphology
  • blend
  • English language (Modern)
  • vowel deletion
  • word formation
  • optimality theory
  • Hebrew language (Modern)
  • Hebrew language -- Grammar


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