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The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

Edited by Rochelle Lieber and Pavol Štekauer

Volume 1, issue Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695720
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199695720.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

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This book presents a comprehensive review of theoretical work on the linguistics and psycholinguistics of compound words and combines it with a series of surveys of compounding in a variety of languages from a wide range of language families. Compounding is an effective way to create and express new meanings. Compound words are segmentable into their constituents so that new items can often be understood on first presentation. However, as keystone, keynote, and keyboard, and breadboard, sandwich-board, and mortarboard show, the relation between components is often far from straightforward. The question then arises as to how far compound sequences are analysed at each encounter and how far they are stored in the brain as single lexical items. The nature and processing of compounds thus offer an unusually direct route to how language operates in the mind, as well as providing the means of investigating important aspects of morphology and lexical semantics, and insights to child language acquisition and the organization of the mental lexicon. The book reports on the state of the art in these and other central topics, including the classification and typology of compounds, and approaches to cross-linguistic research on the subject from generative and non-generative, and synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

Keywords: psycholinguistics; compound sequences; single lexical items; compounds; compounding; morphology; lexical semantics; child language acquisition; mental lexicon; cross-linguistic research

Book.  712 pages. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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Compounding and Idiomatology in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

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