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Co-Compounds and Natural Coordination

Bernhard Wälchli


This book presents a typological survey and analysis of co-compounds (also known as dvandva, coordinating compounds, and pair words). Co-compounds are compounds whose meaning is the result of coordinating the meaning of its components, as when in some varieties of Indian English father-mother denotes ‘parents’. Like other tight patterns of coordination, such as bare binomials (e.g., bow and arrows), co-compounds typically express natural coordination, which implies that a close lexico-semantic relationship exists between the coordinands. The theoretical topics discussed in the book include the ... More

Keywords: markedness, word, lexical classes, lexical semantics, Eurasian languages, areal typology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276219
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernhard Wälchli, author
University of Bern