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The Representation and Processing of Compound Words$
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Gary Libben and Gonia Jarema

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199228911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228911.001.0001

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Compound Types

Compound Types

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(p.23) 2 Compound Types
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The Representation and Processing of Compound Words
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WOLFGANG U. DRESSLER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199228911.003.0002

This chapter begins by addressing the question of the manner in which compounds may be defined. It notes that it is by no means a simple task to present an intensional definition of the notion ‘compound’. It focuses, therefore, on an extensional definition as well as a discussion of the prototypical properties of compounds. Compound prototypes in this formulation are characterized by the absence of a set of features that are known to be properties of syntactic phrases. The chapter discusses the definition of morphological productivity, which in turn leads to a consideration of the role of morphological headedness in compound formation. It cites evidence that compounding shows a preference for right-headedness and endocentricity. It concludes by summarizing the properties of prototypical compounds, and listing the structural preferences that one may observe across languages.

Keywords:   compounds, productivity, compound classification

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