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More straightforward
 Dentistry (dent* rather than dentist*)
 Glacier (glacie* rather than glaci*)
 Slavery (slave* rat...
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tricky words to practice truncation

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Collected on ili-l in February 2014.

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tricky words to practice truncation

  1. 1. More straightforward  Dentistry (dent* rather than dentist*)  Glacier (glacie* rather than glaci*)  Slavery (slave* rather than slav*)  Manage* (management, etc.)  Econom* (economics, economy, etc.)  Program* (programmatic, programmable, etc.)  Prison* (prison, prisoner)  Teen* smok* for teen smoking  Child* for children Tricky  Polic* for policy/policies (returns police, policing)  Male* (male, maleness, malevolence)  Migra* (migrant, migrate, migraine)  Hog* (hogs, hogging, [William] Hogarth)  Color* (coloring and Colorado but not colour)  Indian* (Indian, Indiana, Indianapolis)  Bull* for bully/bullies  Comp* for computer  Photo* (photography, photosynthesis)  Rac* for race/racism (returns raccoon)  Cat* (cats, categories, catacomb)  Eco* for ecological (economics, etc.)  Rom* for Rome/Roman (romantic, romp, Romeo)  Cell* (cellular, cellophane, cellulite)  Infan* (infancy, infantile, infanticide, infantry)  (infants OR infancy) or NOT Wildcards  Wom!n  Dr!nk driv* We’ve also thrown around the idea of likening truncation to a game of Words with Friends—offering a root word and then a selection of letters and asking students to see how many different endings they can come up with.

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