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Introduction: Status and Definition of Compounding

Rochelle Lieber and Pavol Štekauer

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695720
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199695720.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Introduction: Status and Definition of Compounding

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This chapter begins by addressing the question: do we really know what a compound is? It then describes the most important of the criteria for distinguishing compounds: (i) stress and other phonological means; (ii) syntactic impenetrability, inseparability, and unalterability; and (iii) the behaviour of the complex item with respect to inflection. An overview of the remainder of the book is also presented.

Keywords: compounds; stress; phonological criteria; syntactic impenetrability; inseparability; unalterability; inflection; word formation

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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