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Dumbledore, Remembrall and OWLs: Word formation processes of neologisms in the Harry Potter books
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis investigates the word formation processes of the neologisms in the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling. The aim is to find the frequencies of these processes and then discuss why the frequency looks this way. By collecting and analysing the neologisms with the help of the classification of Plag (2003) and Ljung (2003), the frequencies of the different formation processes is established. The reasons why the distribution of word formation processes looks this way is then discussed and compared to the background information about the author. The conclusion is that compound is the most frequent word formation of this sample. The arguments why the distribution looks this way could be that the semantic meaning of the Harry Potter words is important and that many of the neologisms are based on humour, mythology and folklore. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
word formation processes, neologisms, Harry Potter, JK Rowling, compound, affixation
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-24075OAI: diva2:603300
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-02-12 Created: 2013-02-05 Last updated: 2016-02-22Bibliographically approved

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