Compounding from an Onomasiological Perspective

Joachim Grzega

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Compounding from an Onomasiological Perspective

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This chapter maps various views of compounding from the ‘onomasiological’ perspective, a revived theoretical approach with a long tradition, especially in Central Europe and Germany, and is structured in a historical order. In each section, a linguist and his overall model are presented, and the definition and subtypes of compounds according to the respective model are then given. The linguists whose models are presented are Miloš Dokulil, Ján Horecky, Pavol Štekauer, Andreas Blank, Peter Koch, and Joachim Grzega. The chapter also briefly discusses a number of phenomena related to compounds, and illustrates the various theoretical works with examples from the original works and some additional examples from English. It concludes with a brief summary juxtaposing the various models.

Keywords: onomasiology; compounds; Miloš Dokulil; Ján Horecky; Pavol Štekauer; Andreas Blank; Peter Koch; Joachim Grzega

Article.  6387 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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