Analogical change

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In language, an analogical change is the process of inventing a new element in conformity with some part of the language system that you already know. For instance, child learns pairs like dog/dogs, cat/cats and is then able to form other plurals. The way in which analogy can lead to a change is seen when the child learns words like man and mouse, and forms the analogical plurals mans and mouses (instead of men and mice).[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barber, C. (2009) The English language A Historical Introduction second edition, p47