IE, Romance: Spanish

Laura Malena Kornfeld

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 IE, Romance: Spanish

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This chapter reviews the characteristics of compounding in Spanish, presenting not only the main patterns of compounds but also the empirical and theoretical problems they pose for the literature on Spanish morphology. It presents the main types of Spanish compounds, with observations on their internal structure and analysis of the formal relations between their constituents. The chapter lays out the problems that compounds would cause to a strict Lexicalist view of grammar, which has prevailed in the description of Spanish morphology. It argues that the problems in the analysis of many properties of compounds have their origin in the attempt to keep some premises of the Lexicalist approach ‘untouched’. These premises, being false, condition a wrong analysis of the phenomena they are meant to describe. The chapter attempts to change this tendency by proposing a new direction to re-examine the data from a critical point of view.

Keywords: Spanish compounds; compounding; morphology; Lexicalism

Article.  6794 words. 

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

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