NEOLOGY n. + -ISM, after French néologisme (1734 denoting
a new word or phrase, 1787 denoting the process of coining new
words or phrases, 1900 in psychiatry). Cf. Italian neologismo
new word or phrase (1785), German Neologismus (mid 18th
cent. in sense ‘new linguistic formation’). Cf. earlier NEOLOGIST
a. A word or phrase which is new to the language; one which
is newly coined.
Oxford English Dictionary
an ongoing project this semester, you will attempt to coin English
neologisms derived from Greek and Latin. These webpages outline
tasks and deadlines for the project, and offer guidelines for success.
will choose one out of the three scenarios provided, all of which
ask you to label different phenomena. You will flesh out your
scenario, and so doing will discover the Greek or Latin building
blocks (roots) needed to create your neologisms.
- Scenario 1: Label the effects
of a terrorist bioweapon on the human body.
2: Label a heretofore unknown literary device.
3: Label a new American sociological behavior.
the instructions for your chosen scenario closely. Although
all three are similar in spirit, each has its own challenges and
requirements. The project is to be completed in stages, so
please make note of due dates; do not expect to complete the
project in a single sitting.
the following requirements and guidelines:
neologisms should be composed entirely of Greek and Latin elements
(prefixes, roots, and suffixes): no other languages, please.
neologisms, as the word implies, must be new; that is, they
should not exist in the English language, nor should they resemble
other words too closely. Check to be sure.
neologisms should obey the rules of formation articulated in ÆON;
you should avail yourself of connecting vowels and consonants,
your neologisms will be coinages, they should still look and sound
like a real word; do not simply stitch together Greek and Latin
elements aimlessly into a linguistic Frankenstein's monster.
email Professor Curley
with questions or comments.