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Meaning Predictability of Novel Context-Free Compounds

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/9780199695720.013.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Meaning Predictability of Novel Context-Free Compounds

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This chapter deals with the predictability of meanings of novel context-free compounds. It interrelates the word-formation and word-interpretation models in order to explain the predictability of the meanings of novel context-free compounds; the model explores the idea that there is always one or two dominant meanings ‘winning’ the competition among different potential meanings as a result of interplay between linguistic and extralinguistic factors.

Keywords: compounds; word formation; word interpretation

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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