Active Processes At The Junction Of Word-Formation And Morphology In Internet Communication


The paper demonstrates the significance of computer-mediated discourse as an object of linguistic research. The author points out the ability of this discourse, on the one hand, to reflect the latest trends in the development of the national language and, on the other hand, to influence its current state and development. It is noted that there are units and categories in the Internet language that are difficult to interpret unambiguously both due to their ambiguous/uncertain nature and to the theoretical, methodological and philosophical reasons. We point out that specific features of such units need to be determined as a means that would facilitate research in related areas. A number of linguistic phenomena at the junction of word formation and morphology are identified and characterised. Some cases of syncretism of the word-formation and morphological means are noted. The issue of the relationship between speech anomalies and language development processes is discussed; attention is also drawn to units whose grammatical semantics is in conflict with their lexical meanings and/or the meaning they form. Specific difficulties arising in qualification of new derivatives as parts of speech are indicated. The descriptive method is cited as the principal method that meets the local objective of the research; attention is paid to the techniques for collecting linguistic material on the Internet.

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