Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

The Kini Morpheme

Posted by Neal on May 3, 2005

Check out the latest addition to the linguistic blog community: Bob Kennedy’s piloklok (thanks to HeiDeas’ Heidi Harley for the link). My favorite of his posts to date is one about kinis. What is a kini?, you ask. There are at least three kinds of kinis, and the word is an example of my favorite morphological process, backformation. It’s not one of the particular people-watch/underage-drink class of backformations that I tend to write about, but a backformation nonetheless. Read all about it here.

Kennedy also posts on Phonoloblog (“all things phonology”), where you can find a funny post about TV shows’ attempts and lack of attempts to get the characters’ accents right.

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