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Obligatory Introduction Post

portmantodyssey:

Or should I say, introbligatoryObligatroduction? Perhaps I shouldn’t.

Hello all! My name is Matthew Aston Seaver, and I am a senior linguistics student at the University of Mary Washington. This semester I’m undertaking an independent study on morphological blends.

What’s a morphological blend?

Well, it can also be called a portmanteau, a blend-word, or just a blend- but fundamentally, a blend is a word like brunch- from breakfast and lunch- that is formed by fusing together two other words. What’s interesting about blends is that they are not a simple case of compounding or affixation. (An example of compounding is icehouse, from ice and house; an example of affixation is affixation, from affix-ate, and -ion.) Both of those processes act on morphemes, the smallest units in language that can carry their own meanings. Morphemes can be bound, like affixes, and be unable to stand on their own, or they can be free, like independent words.

The thing to notice here is that neither *br- nor *-unch is a meaningful unit on its own. (In this context, the asterixes mean something like unattested, ungrammatical, or just plain wrong.) Because the units aren’t morphemes, traditional approaches to morphology- here, the inner structure of words- have trouble analyzing blends. Breakfast is meaningful, and so is lunch, but some of the material from both words is missing; what happened to ‘eakfast’ and ‘l’?

For that matter, what about a word like slanguage (Irwin by way of Wood by way of Pound 1914), where slang and language both make it into the word intact? Or Lewis Carrol’s coinage slithy from slimy and lithe, where the words don’t even have the decency to occur linearly? Slimy wraps right around lithe- is that even allowed?

For my purposes- and this definition is subject to revision!- a blend is formed in such a way that there are at least two parent words, and in the output, there is no place where the end of one word is followed by the beginning of the other. You’ll notice in slanguage that the end of slang occurs well after the beginning of language, and that in slithylithe starts and ends entirely within the bounds of slimy.

Well, now that we’ve got that all cleared up, what’s left for me to talk about for this whole semester? I have a sneaking suspicion that there’s gonna be a whole lot.

~Follow for more soft morphology~

I second Portmanteaulogy! Other options: Portmanteauxtally, The Reportmanteaux,The Importmanteaux of Being Earnest… Idk. Blender’s Game?

Hahaha, those are pretty great! I do like ‘portmanteaulogy’ but I don’t know if it qualifies as a blend?

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Saturday morning, over 1,000 people march for justice for Michael Brown. 

August 30th.

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i mean portmantology could be the faux greek name.

Bree had the same thought! She spelled it ‘portmanteaulogy.’ Either would be a good name, but I still want it to be really a proper blend.

recoveryisbeautiful:

Hungry: 
If your body is asking for food, the hunger will gradually develop. Emotional hunger is a response to some sort of negative experience or feeling and is usually more of a sudden onset of a craving for a specific food. With emotional hunger you will also feel the need to eat immediately. If you’re still not sure, wait a few minutes and see what happens. As you do this more and more it will become easier for you to distinguish between the two.
Angry:
One thing that can help with anger is feeling a sense of power. Things like running, dancing, or other strong physical activities are a great way to get that energy out of your body. Depending on what works for you- you may also want to try something more calming. Slow down, let your mind relax… sometimes that can help you to organize your thoughts which may bring on the realization that whatever your angry about isn’t all that bad or is something you can work on by staying focused. Don’t forget to address your anger. None of this means to disregard it, push it back, or try to completely forget about it. You can’t bottle these things up inside. What you want to do is calm yourself, release that negative energy, and organize your thoughts so you can handle the anger in a safe and effective way.
Lonely:
If you’re lonely, reach out to someone. Text, phone, video chat, in person. Even just going outside for a walk or going to a coffee shop with your laptop.You don’t always have to be directly socializing with people as long as you’re around them. Short term loneliness is sometimes alleviated by simply being in the presence of other people.
Tired:
If you’re tired, take a look at your schedule. Are you overworking yourself? You may need to make set times within your schedule to take a break. Scheduling breaks may sound weird… but you need it. Don’t burn yourself out. Don’t take on more than you can handle.Also take a look at your sleep schedule. Are you getting the rest you need? Maybe you need to set an earlier time to get to bed in order to wake up feeling refreshed. Your body will thank you.The last thing is that you can’t be afraid take time for yourself or say no to things. 

recoveryisbeautiful:

Hungry: 

If your body is asking for food, the hunger will gradually develop. Emotional hunger is a response to some sort of negative experience or feeling and is usually more of a sudden onset of a craving for a specific food. With emotional hunger you will also feel the need to eat immediately. 
If you’re still not sure, wait a few minutes and see what happens. As you do this more and more it will become easier for you to distinguish between the two.

Angry:

One thing that can help with anger is feeling a sense of power. Things like running, dancing, or other strong physical activities are a great way to get that energy out of your body. 
Depending on what works for you- you may also want to try something more calming. Slow down, let your mind relax… sometimes that can help you to organize your thoughts which may bring on the realization that whatever your angry about isn’t all that bad or is something you can work on by staying focused. 
Don’t forget to address your anger. None of this means to disregard it, push it back, or try to completely forget about it. You can’t bottle these things up inside. What you want to do is calm yourself, release that negative energy, and organize your thoughts so you can handle the anger in a safe and effective way.

Lonely:

If you’re lonely, reach out to someone. Text, phone, video chat, in person. Even just going outside for a walk or going to a coffee shop with your laptop.
You don’t always have to be directly socializing with people as long as you’re around them. Short term loneliness is sometimes alleviated by simply being in the presence of other people.

Tired:

If you’re tired, take a look at your schedule. Are you overworking yourself? You may need to make set times within your schedule to take a break. Scheduling breaks may sound weird… but you need it. Don’t burn yourself out. Don’t take on more than you can handle.
Also take a look at your sleep schedule. Are you getting the rest you need? Maybe you need to set an earlier time to get to bed in order to wake up feeling refreshed. Your body will thank you.
The last thing is that you can’t be afraid take time for yourself or say no to things. 

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Help me come up with a title for my research blog!

Hello y’all, I’m about to start a log of my research into morphological blends, otherwise known as portmanteaux, such as ‘brunch’ (breakfast + lunch) or ‘smog’ (smoke + fog). Like all blogs it needs a title, and it’d be pretty Uncool if the title wasn’t a blend. My efforts into title brainstorming have been unfruitful: ‘portmantopography’, ‘portmantorphology’ (portmanteau + morphology), ‘portmantodyssey’, ‘portmanteauverdose’??? Y’all have got to have better ideas than this.

The title should suggest ‘the study of morphological blends’ but other than that it’s totally up to you what it could be. I’ll naturally credit whoever comes up with the best title, unless I come up with the one I like best myself. Question mark so y’all can answer if you like?

wait… u mean to tell me… music… can be social???

wait… u mean to tell me… music… can be social???

huntokar:

iwriteaboutfeminism:

200 protesters continue to march for justice on Thursday night, Aug. 21st.

I wonder how many people had completely forgotten what this whole thing is actually about and expected this to end when the police stopped attacking them. This isn’t over, it’s LITERALLY just starting. The police raids weren’t the issue, they were distracting from the issue. This won’t stop until the murderer and coward Darren Wilson faces actual justice.

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frankoceanfanclub:

The way you speak or dress is never and will never be an indicator of your intelligence period point blank and if someone tries to tell you otherwise they might be a racist

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frankoceanfanclub:

Yeah it’s pretty fucked up how people don’t realize that ideas like oh he doesn’t speak English well = he’s stupid are inherently racist and were pioneered by racists to ensure separation in academic and professional field. The way you speak English will never be an indicator of your intelligence ever

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justice4mikebrown:

Day 19: Darren Wilson still has not been arrested for the murder of Mike Brown.

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when u show up early to the first day of class to just chill in the classroom but yr professor had the same idea

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