Afro-Asiatic, Semitic: Hebrew

Hagit Borer

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695720
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Afro-Asiatic, Semitic: Hebrew

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This chapter discusses compounding in Hebrew. Section 27.2 reviews constructs and compounds. Section 27.3 shows that there are at least two distinct types of N + N constructs: one, labelled an R-construct, whose nonhead is referential; and another, an M-construct, whose non-head is a modifier. It is shown that M-constructs, but not R-constructs, share important properties with compounds. Finally, Section 27.4 presents a sketchy outline of an analysis of constructs and compounds in Hebrew.

Keywords: Hebrew compounds; compounding; R-constructs; M-constructs

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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