I'm trying to explain the origin of the non-standard word "conversate" that is used in some circles. My theory is that it came out of an attempt to make the commonly used noun "conversation" into a verb by adding the suffix "ate" in the same manner that other standard english verbs are derived. For example:
What is the specific linguistic term for applying a perceived rule/pattern to other words incorrectly?
This is an example of ______?