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BASE-ALTERING PROCESSES IN THE ENGLISH VOCABULARY, autor Irina Antoaneta Ene

The present paper was conceived as to give some interesting pieces of information which might prove that base altering processes are not so much taken into consideration by linguists, despite their great contribution to the enrichment of English vocabulary. As it was obvious from the paper many things regarding base altering processes are still confused and the example that I have in mind is that of terminology (the laborious debate on the difference between ‘corruption’ and ‘alteration’).
Paradoxically, while the theoretical field concerning the base altering processes is deficient the practical one is very prolific, because dictionaries are full of ‘altered’ words, which proves that English like other languages undergoes different kinds of linguistic influences. I might say that the presence of these ‘altered’ words in the dictionaries stands for the ‘identity card’ of base altering processes.
It is true that English was immeasurably enriched by the successive linguistic waves that invaded over the British Isles, but the English language today is rich and expressive not so much because new words were imposed on it as because they were welcomed.

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