The Semantics of Compounding by Pius ten Hacken

By Pius ten Hacken

The query of ways to figure out the that means of compounds used to be favorite in early generative morphology, yet misplaced value after the past due Nineteen Seventies. some time past decade, it's been revived by means of the emergence of a couple of frameworks which are higher fitted to learning this query than previous ones. during this booklet, 3 frameworks for learning the semantics of compounding are offered via their initiators: Jackendoff's Parallel structure, Lieber's thought of lexical semantics, and Štekauer's onomasiological concept. universal to those shows is a spotlight on English noun-noun compounds. within the following chapters, those theories are then utilized to types of compounding (phrasal, A+N, neoclassical) and different languages (French, German, Swedish, Greek). ultimately, a comparability highlights how every one framework deals specific perception into the which means of compounds. an exhilarating new contribution to the sphere, this ebook could be of curiosity to morphologists, semanticists and cognitive linguists.

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