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14-01-2013
Morphonological Reduction and Semantic Bleaching in Natural Languages
 
Dr SILUE Nanourgo Djibril,
Department of English, 
University Felix Houphouet-Boigny
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Introduction
 Words, like any other material, are likely to be deteriorated when they are overused,
abused or misused. But in the case of language, the deterioration process is two-fold: first
morphonological, which is when phonological segments fade away in linguistic units; and
secondly semantic, a particular process that goes unnoticed most of the time by the common
speaker and the layman. Yet, unlike with such materials as iron, wood, gold etc., words decay
is not detrimental to the system of language; it rather fosters communication by ridding
discourse instruments of anything irrelevant to the understanding of the message.