Metanalysis



[met-uh-nal-uh-sis] /ˌmɛt əˈnæl ə sɪs/

noun, plural metanalyses [met-uh-nal-uh-seez] /ˌmɛt əˈnæl əˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
a shift in the division between words in a phrase; misdivision: “A nickname” resulted from metanalysis of “an ekename.”.
n.

1914, from meta- + analysis. Coined by Danish philologist Otto Jespersen (1860-1943).

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