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    Default abbreviation derivatives, looking for theory!

    I'm looking for some theoretical materials and researches concerning the topic of words, which are derived from various types of abbreviations. I chose this topic for my coursepaper, but I have a certain difficulty in finding the appropriate materials.
    (By derivated abbreviations I mean e.g.:'brother'->'bro'->'bro up' or 'srs'- 'srsly' etc)

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: abbreviation derivatives, looking for theory!

    You may be on the cutting edge of that subject! I hope you can find some help and I wish you luck.

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    Default Re: abbreviation derivatives, looking for theory!

    Quote Originally Posted by lunamew View Post
    I'm looking for some theoretical materials and researches concerning the topic of words , which are derived from various types of abbreviations. I chose this topic for my coursepaper, but I have a certain difficulty in finding the appropriate materials.
    (By derivated abbreviations I mean e.g.:'brother'->'bro'->'bro up' or 'srs'- 'srsly' etc)

    Thanks in advance!
    Welcome to the forum.
    I've taken some liberties in correcting your quetion.
    The comma is wrong. It implies that words are generally derived from abbreviations. If you use a defining 'which' clause, you can't use a comma.

    Sorry I can't help with the answer. A loose search for 'neologism abbreviation' give a few hopeful pages though.

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    Default Re: abbreviation derivatives, looking for theory!

    What do you mean exactly by various types of abbreviations?

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    Default Re: abbreviation derivatives, looking for theory!

    I also wonder where you get your abbreviations from. Bro up was new to me, and I could find very few references to it apart from Urban Dictionary: bro up .

    I had the same with srsly: Urban Dictionary: srsly, where it is given as an internet abbreviation.

    If you are selecting only terms and abbreviations used in texting or internet communication and/or defined by Urban Dictionary, then I agree with Frank Antonson: You may be on the cutting edge of that subject! I hope you can find some help and I wish you luck.

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