Typology of Compounds

Laurie Bauer

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Typology of Compounds

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This chapter first reviews some of the parameters along which compounds may vary, and then considers the extent to which observing such variation brings us closer to a typology of compounds. It discusses the formal marking of compounds, headedness, the order of elements in compounds, recursion in compounds, and the semantics of compounds.

Keywords: compounds; compounding; typology; headedness; recursion; semantics

Article.  5205 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Linguistic Typology ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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