Truncation
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Abstract

Truncation is the shortening of a word or stem by removing part of it and leaving the rest intact, e.g., Pete < Peter or Pat < Patricia.

Truncation is the shortening of a word or stem by removing part of it and leaving the rest intact. Simple cases from English include (personal names) Michael > Mike [maik], Christopher > Chris, Peter > Pete, Ronald > Ron, etc. There is some variation in the usage of the term; Joseph (2001:352), for instance, uses it to describe the reduction of phrases like ‘Watergate affair’ to simply ‘Watergate’. See Zwi…

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David Goldstein, “Truncation”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 20 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000543>
First published online: 2013



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