School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Ekhlas Ali Mohsin

Ekhlas Ali Mohsin

IPhD Student in Linguistics



  • Dr William van der Wurff
  • Dr Adam Mearns


Blend Formation: A Cross-Linguistic Study

Blends are words formed by means of fusing two other words (Algeo 1993: 10) where the first part of one word and the second of the other are combined in a process called 'blending' (Booij 2012: 20). Examples of blends are: brunch, formed from breakfast and lunch, retaining br- from the first and -unch from the second. Much research in English has been on the structure of English blends and how the structure of the source words plays a role in deciding the final structure of the blend (Kaunisto 2000, 2013; Gries 2004; Arndt-Lappe & Plag 2013). On the basis of most of the results of these studies, a number of principles have been postulated that govern the formation of English blends. These principles are, but not limited to, the proportion of contribution of the source words to the blend, the prosodic structure of the source words and of the blend, and the phonological and/ or semantic similarity between the source words. My study addresses the following question: Can the English blends formation principles also account for the formation of blends in other languages, namely in French and in Arabic? The findings of this study are expected to lead to greater insight into the nature and general validity of the principles that can be applicable in predicting blend structure in languages other than English.

Research Interests

Morphology, Semantics, Pragmatics, Syntax, Foreign Language Teaching, Methods of Teaching English, Translation (English and French).

Research Activities


  • SEL 1027: Shaping Sounds and Syntax/ Semester 1
  • SEL 1012: Language Through Time: Introduction to the History of English/ Semester 2
  • Staff member in Iraq teaching English Linguistics, Grammar, and Conversation:
    • University of Kufa, College of Arts,/ Department of English Language (2007-2013)
    • University of Baghdad, College of Languages, Department of English Language (2006-2007)
  • English Language Instructor in Iraq:
    • The School of Talented students, Najaf (2009-2010)
    • Imam Sadiq University, Najaf, College of Arts, Department of English Language (2008-2011)
    • University of Baghdad/ College of Languages:
      • Department of Russian (2003-2004) and (2005-2006)
      • Departments of French and of Spanish (1997-1998)
    • University of Baghdad, College of Education, Ibn Rushd, Department of English (1998-1999)
  • Visiting scholar, Rider University, Lawrenceville NJ, USA, designing and teaching a summer course "GLS 295: The History, Culture and Media of Iraq", July-August 2010
  • E-Learning/ University of Oregon/ USA:
    • Practical Applications in Listening and Speaking Skills (7th January- 15th March 2013)
    • Building Teaching Skills Through Interactive Web (22nd June- 28th August 2009)
    • Shaping the Way We Teach English (1st October- 12th December 2008)


  • 'Word Formation Processes: How Frequent are they over Time?' Sheffield Linguistics Postgraduate Conference, 6th March 2015
  • 'Is it Contradiction, Cancellation or Clarification? A Pragmatic Study of Verses from the Holy Quran', Online presentation at the III International Young Scholars Conference "Lexicon, Discourse and Speaker Studies"/ Foreign Languages Department, Ulyanovsk State Teacher Training University, Ulyanovsk, Russia - 22nd April 2016
  • 'Blend-formation, from English to other languages', Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference/ University of Edinburgh, 3rd June 2016
  • 'Blend-formation, from English to other languages', HaSS First Year PG Conference, 16th June 2016
  • 'Blends, from English to French', Association of French Language Studies Conference 2016, Queen's University Belfast, 21st June 2016
  • 'Blend-formation, from English to other languages', 11th Lancaster University International Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics and Language Teaching (LAELPG), Lancaster University, Monday 11th July 2016
  • 'Blend-formation, from English to other languages', 2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions, University of La Rioja-Spain, 26-28 October 2016


  • A Vision towards a Perfect Teaching-Learning Process
  • Synthetic Verbs in English and French
  • Rimbaud's Life and Career in French and English: A Translation Study


  • Scholarship from the Study of the US Institutes (SUSI) from the US embassy in Iraq to study Contemporary American Literature, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 1st -31st July 2008

Academic Background

  • BA in French Language and Literature, University of Baghdad, 2003
  • MA in English Language and Linguistics, Foreign language Acquisition, University of Baghdad, 1999
  • BA in English Language and Literature, University of Baghdad, 1996