Compounding in Cognitive Linguistics

Liesbet Heyvaert

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Compounding in Cognitive Linguistics

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This chapter reviews analyses of compounding from the point of view of Cognitive Linguistics, which looks at language from the perespective of the cognitive abilities of the language user. It is organized as follows. Section 12.1 makes explicit the assumptions and claims behind the overall cognitive framework and points to its potential with respect to the modelling of compounding. Section 12.2 gives a thematic overview of the existing cognitive analyses of particular compound types. Finally, Section 12.3 recapitulates and sketches some possible avenues for further research.

Keywords: compounds; language; cognitive abilities; cognitive analyses

Article.  9634 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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