Neologism

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Neologism is the name for a term, word or phrase that has been in use, but that not yet been accepted into mainstream language.[1][2] Neologisms are often directly attributable to a specific person, publication, period, or event. Νεολεξία (Greek: a "new word", or the act of creating a new word) is a synonym for it. The term neologism was first used in English in 1772, borrowed from French néologisme (1734).[3]

Using an existing word or phrase in a new context is also called neologism.[4][5] The process of using a word in such a new context is sometimes called a semantic extension.[6][7] A new word that has not been used by anyone but the inventer is a protologism.[8][9][10]

Use in psychiatry[change | change source]

In psychiatry, the term neologism is used to describe the use of words that have meaning only to the person who uses them, independent of their common meaning.[11] This tendency is considered normal in children. In adults, it can be a symptom of psychopathy[12] or a thought disorder, such as a psychotic mental illness, for example schizophrenia.[13] People with autism may also create neologisms.[14] Additionally, use of neologisms may be related to aphasia acquired after brain damage resulting from a stroke or head injury.[15]

Use in theology[change | change source]

In theology, a neologism is a relatively new doctrine (for example, Transcendentalism). In this sense, a neologist is one who proposes either a new doctrine or a new interpretation of source material such as religious texts.[16]

References[change | change source]

  1. Malmkjaer, Kirsten. (Ed.) (2006) The Linguistics Encyclopedia. eBook edition. London & New York: Routledge, p. 601. ISBN 0-203-43286-X
  2. Levchenko (2010). Neologism in the Lexical System of Modern English: On the Mass Media Material. Hammer, Patrick, Tanja Hammer, Matthias Knoop, Julius Mittenzwei, Georg Steinbach u. Michael Teltscher. GRIN Verlag GbR. p. 11. ISBN 3640637313.
  3. Oxford English Dictionary, draft revision Dec. 2009, s.v.
  4. Sally Barr Ebest Writing from A to Z: the easy-to-use reference handbook 1999– Page 449 "A neologism is a newly coined word or phrase or a new usage of an existing word or phrase."
  5. Lynne Bowker, Jennifer Pearson Working With Specialized Language 2002 Page 214 "Neologisms can also be formed in another way, however, by assigning a new meaning to an existing word."
  6. Ole Nedergaard Thomsen Competing models of linguistic change: evolution and beyond 2006 – Page 68 "Extensions, by contrast, are applications of extant means in new usage. Note that since individual speakers differ in their command of their shared tradition of speaking, one person's Extension may be experienced by another as a Neologism"
  7. Michael D. Picone Anglicisms, Neologisms and Dynamic French 1996 – Page 3 "Proceeding now to the task of defining terms, I will begin with the more general term 'neologism'. ...A neologism is any new word, morpheme or locution and any new meaning for a preexistent word, morpheme or locution that appears in a language. ... Likewise, any semantic extension of a preexistent word, morpheme or locution.. but is also, by accepted definition, a neologism."
  8. Eismann, Wolfgang (2015). "Individual initiatives and concepts for expanding the lexicon in Russian". Word-Formation: An International Handbook of the Languages of Europe: Volume 3. Berlin, Germany; Boston, USA: Walter de Gruyter. p. 1756. ISBN 978-3-11-037566-4. https://books.google.com/books?id=myuCCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA1756&pa=1756. "Ėpštejn's projective dictionary should be a collection of protologisms, a protologism being a new word, coined to designate a new phenomenon or to fill in blank spaces and semantic voids in the lexical-conceptual system, as he proclaimed in 2003."
  9. Gryniuk, D. (2015). "On Institutionalization and De-Institutionalization of Late 1990s Neologisms". Within Language, Beyond Theories (Volume III): Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics and Corpus-based Studies. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 150. ISBN 1-4438-7822-7. https://books.google.com/books?id=HoLWCgAAQBAJ&pg=PA150. "This process [of lexicalization] does not seem to be coincidental because neologisms themselves are prone to go through certain stages of transformation. They begin as unstable creations (otherwise called protologisms), that is, they are extremely new, being proposed, or being used only by a small subculture"
  10. Aitken, James K. (2013). "Neologisms: A Septuagint Problem". Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J. A. Clines. Atlanta, Georgia: Society of Biblical Literature. p. 316. ISBN 978-1-58983-926-7. https://books.google.com/books?id=JNqdAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA316. "Linguists even have a word for such terms, protologisms (itself a modern neologism), a word that is new and not yet established beyond a small group."
  11. G E Berrios (2009) Neologisms. History of Psychiatry 20: 480–496
  12. "Most of us are able to combine ideas so that they are consistent with some underlying theme, but psychopaths seem to have difficulty doing so. This helps to explain the wild inconsistencies and contradictions that frequently characterize their speech. It may also account for their use of neologisms (combining the basic components of words – syllables – in ways that seem logical to them but inappropriate to others)." Robert D. Hare (1999), Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us. Guildford Press, p. 137
  13. P. J. McKenna, Schizophrenia and Related Syndromes. Page 363.
  14. Neologisms and idiosyncratic language in autistic speakers. J Autism Dev Disord. 1991 Jun;21(2):109-30.
  15. B Butterworth, Hesitation and the production of verbal paraphasias and neologisms in jargon aphasia. Brain Lang, 1979
  16. Wood, J., "The Nuttall Encyclopædia: Being a Concise and Comprehensive Dictionary of General Knowledge" (1907), [1]