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The Representation and Processing of Compound Words

Gary Libben and Gonia Jarema


This book presents new work on the psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics of compound words. It shows the insights this work offers on natural language processing and the relation between language, mind, and memory. Compounding is an easy and effective way to create and transfer meanings. By building new lexical items based on the meanings of existing items, compounds can usually be understood on first presentation, though—as, for example, breadboard, cardboard, cupboard, and sandwich-board show—the rules governing the relations between the components’ meanings are not always straightforward. ... More

Keywords: psycholinguistics, neurolingustics, compound words, natural language processing, compound sequences, linguistic representation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199228911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228911.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Libben, editor
University of Alberta
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Gonia Jarema, editor
University of Montreal
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