Geert Booij

in The Grammar of Words

Second edition

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226245
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191710360 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics


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Compounding is the word formation process in which two or more lexemes are combined into a word. In neo-classical compounding, Greek or Latin roots are also used as building blocks. Compounding is a very productive process in many languages. It is sometimes complicated to determine if a sequence of word is to be considered a compound or a phrase. Compounding and derivation can be used simultaneously in the formation of synthetic compounds.

Keywords: compounds; phrasal lexical units; grammaticalization; noun incorporation

Chapter.  7251 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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