Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Rinaldo C. Simonini, Jr., Ph.D.


The purpose of this thesis is to examine the various methods of word-formation in the English language, to ascertain which methods are active in the post-World War II of today, and decide, if possible, which methods are coming into increasing use and which methods are temporarily out of favor.

For this study materials over a seventeen -year period 1939-1956 were consulted, and then the war words which seemed to find no permanent place in the language were discarded. Many of the war words were retained, however, if the seemed to fill a continuing need.

Of course, any judgement concerning what is, or what is not, a useful word is a personal evaluation, although an attempt to justify this decision by application of linguistic principles has been made.



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