Viva Vocabulary

March 30, 2020

Verbification and Nounificatoin

The article focuses on two word-formation processes often used today: verbification and nounification. Almost all of the instructional activities that I've described can be done through online learning.

January 16, 2020

A Follow-Up to Becoming More Nym-ble:* Part Two of Two

In Part One, we looked again at the Big Three -nyms: Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms. Now let’s check out other -nyms that today’s students are likely to encounter: Acronyms, Aptonyms, Contranyms, Demonyms, Eponyms, Hypernyms, Hyponyms, Metonyms, Pseudonyms, and Uninyms. 

November 06, 2019

Bento Book Boxes

What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

October 03, 2019

Another Follow-Up to Becoming More Nym-ble: Part One of Two: (Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms

More ideas for teaching synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.

June 08, 2019

Word Formation Revisited: Part Two of Two

Many speakers and writers invent words when the need or inclination arises. As noted in the previous Viva Vocabulary! series, “New Words: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” Parts One, Two, and Three, there are at least 12 ways to create words in English.


Learning about word formation can be fun for students and encourage their interest in vocabulary. New words (neologisms) and new meanings (senses/uses) for existing words are regularly added to the dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com/; apnews.com/).

April 16, 2019

Word Formation Revisited: Part One of Two

As our world continues to change, new words are constantly being formed. In the Viva Vocabulary! series, “New Words: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Parts One, Two, and Three,” we looked at 12 processes by which words are created in English (Lems, Miller, and Soro, 2017).

 

This two-part follow-up article will further examine many of these processes and provide more ideas for teaching them. The focus of this first part will be Coining, Borrowing, Compounding, and Blending. In Part Two, we will look at Clipping, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Conversion, and Paired-Word Sound Play.

September 28, 2018

Roots and Affixes Doing Their Part: Part Three of Three

Each edition of “Viva Vocabulary!” focuses on different word genres. The goal is to help students (re)discover the joy of language and the expressive power of vocabulary.

October 27, 2017

Roots and Affixes Doing Their Part: Part Two of Three

Each edition of “Viva Vocabulary!” focuses on different word genres. The goal is to help students (re)discover the joy of language and the expressive power of vocabulary.

January 05, 2018

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