rebracketing

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Etymology[edit]

re- +‎ bracketing

Noun[edit]

rebracketing (countable and uncountable, plural rebracketings)

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  1. (linguistics) The process by which a word originally derived from one source is broken down or bracketed into a different set of factors.
    The understanding of "hamburger" as "ham + burger" (rather than "Hamburg" + "-er") is an example of rebracketing.
    Synonyms: metanalysis