One of the notable modern languages today is the gay lingo, a language established by the gay community. Gay people came to create their own words or neologisms to shield themselves from the harm of social stigma. This research provides a view of gay words formed through morphological processes and how they function in a sentence. This study specifically explored on neologisms in gay language through a qualitative approach – this was done by collecting new words from the gay community. The findings indicate that gay neologisms were mostly created through affixation and clipping wherein an original word is clipped and have a new component and meaning. It is also found out that there are existing words used in gay lingo that have different meanings. It is highly recommended to further analyze other morphological functions in the gay lingo.
Morphological Operations in Annang (Published)
The study aimed at identifying and examining the various morphological operations that take place in the formation of words in Anaang language. Some chiefs of Anaang and youths who live in the rural areas of Anaang and who understand English were interviewed and their responses recorded. A 1,500 word list, interviews and a set of test questions covering the subject matter, personal contacts and observations as a native speaker of Anaang were used to gather data for the study. The theory of lexical morphology was adopted in the analysis of the data. From the study, two major morphological operations were identified. These are: Affixation and Compounding. In affixation, prefixes, suffixes, and suprafixes were identified. In compounding, noun + noun and noun + adjectives structures were identified. From the findings, the research showed the manner of realisation and morphological characteristics of each of the processes. It also showed various ways of generating new word forms in Anaang. It was recommended that further studies should be carried out in the Anaang language and children as well as youths be encouraged to speak the language to boost scholarship and prevent the extinction of Anaang language.