Portmanteau is a traditional term used for a type of fusion of two morphemes into one. A portmanteau morph is a phonological sequence that cannot be analyzed into smaller units in terms of form but has two or more distinct components in terms of meaning.
The term was proposed by Hockett (1947:333).
- Hockett, C.F. 1958. A Course in Modern Linguistics, New York, MacMillan.
- Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory, Blackwell, Oxford.