Blends deal with the action of abridging and then combining various lexemes to form a new word. However, the process of defining which words are true blends and which are not is more complicated. The difficulty comes in determining which parts of a new word are "recoverable" (its root can be distinguished).
There are many types of blends, based on how they are formed. Algeo, a linguist, proposed dividing blends into three groups :
- Phonemic Overlap: a syllable or part of a syllable is shared between two words
- Clipping: the shortening of two words and then compounding them
- Phonemic Overlap and Clipping: shortening of two words to a shared syllable and then compounding
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