Volume 33, Issue 2
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This study examines two distinctive neologistic processes within Rasta Talk. (1) is morphological refashioning of a word that replaces morphemes (actual or perceived) which are misaligned with respect to the connotations of the word itself. Thus the word bearing positive connotations, is repaired by transforming the negatively mis-connotating sub-component into (2) is the targeting of (depending on a word’s structure) either the first syllable or the first segment for replacement by /ai/ or /j/; e.g. and become and respectively. These two processes contribute greatly to the salient properties of Rasta Talk, and involve a large degree of complexity which merits detailed scrutiny.


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