Absobloominlutely: Intensifying Insertion in English Cover Image

Absobloominlutely: intenzifikační vkládání v angličtině
Absobloominlutely: Intensifying Insertion in English

Author(s): Aleš Klégr, Albert Vojtěch
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Morphology
Published by: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, Filozofická fakulta, Vydavatelství
Keywords: ïntensification;insertion;infixation;intensifier;expletive;position;base;prosody;morphology;

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with intensifying (expletive) insertion reminiscent of infixation (debatable in English). The inserted intensifiers placed inside the base are (unlike infixes) free morphemes producing what have been called “un-bloody-likely” words which contravene the presumably universally valid uninterruptibility criterion defining the word. The paper, drawing on literature, web search and the analysis of a sample of attested intensified words (Vojtěch 2019), describes the properties of the base and the intensifier (expletive) and the principles governing the placement of the intensifier.

  • Issue Year: 102/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 36-53
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Czech