IE, Germanic: Danish

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

 IE, Germanic: Danish

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This chapter discusses compounding in Danish, covering compound nouns, compound adjectives, compound verbs, compounds in other word classes, and non-compounds. Compounding in Danish is an extremely productive means of word formation, both in terms of providing a large number of established forms and of being used to create nonce formations. There are some interesting differences between what happens in Danish and what happens in West Germanic, though such differences are never central.

Keywords: Danish compounds; compounding; word formation; nonce formations

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

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