In linguistics, univerbation is the diachronic process of combining a fixed expression of several words into a new single word. Some English examples include always from all [the] way (the s was added later), onto from on to, albeit from all be it, and colloquial gonna from going to.
- Brinton, Laurel J., & Elizabeth Closs Traugott. 255. Lexicalization and Language Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 48.
- Givón, Talmy. 1971. Historical syntax and synchronic morphology: an archaeologist's field trip. Chicago Linguistic Society 7 (1):394–415, p.413.
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