IE, Germanic: English

Rochelle Lieber

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

IE, Germanic: English


This chapter gives a thorough description of the facts of compounding in English, looking not only at those areas of full productivity that have been extensively studied, but also at some compound types which are less productive and less well covered in the literature. It is organized as follows. Section 18.1 gives an overview of the data, considering coordinate, subordinate, and attributive types, as well as marginal types such as phrasal compounds, identical constituent (reduplicative) compounds, dummy compounds, neoclassical compounds, and items whose analysis arguably involves conversion or prefixation rather than compounding. Section 18.2 focuses on issues concerning compounding in English such as headedness, the internal structure of compounds, the locus of inflection, and the presence or absence of linking elements.

Keywords: compounding; compounds; prefixation; headedness; inflection; linking elements

Article.  4799 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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