IE, Germanic: Dutch

Jan Don

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: Dutch

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Dutch is famous for its productive compound formation. Dutch native speakers easily make new compounds on the spot, and they also easily embed compounds in compounds, leading to sometimes rather complex structures. This chapter is organized as follows. Section 19.1 discusses the general characteristics of Dutch compounds. Section 19.2 investigates different types of compounding in Dutch. Section 19.3 goes into some of the phonological properties of Dutch compounds; it also deals with the problem of the so-called ‘linking’ morphemes. Section 19.4 considers the structure of verbal compounds, and also looks at some other compounds that have been claimed to have a similar structure.

Keywords: Dutch compounds; compounding; phonological properties; linking morphemes; verbal compounds

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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