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Compounds and Compounding


Part of Cambridge Studies in Linguistics

  • Date Published: October 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108416030

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  • Are compounds words or phrases - or are they neither or both? How should we classify compounds? How can we deal with the fact that the relationship between the elements of sugar pill ('pill made of sugar') is different from that in sea-sickness pill ('pill to prevent sea-sickness')? Are compounds a linguistic universal? How much do languages vary in the way their compounds work? Why do we need compounds, when there are other ways of creating the same meanings? Are so-called neoclassical compounds like photograph really compounds? Based on more than forty years' research, this controversial new book sets out to answer these and many other questions.

    • Focuses on the issues in compounding rather than presenting it within a theory
    • Informed by up-to-date research including cognitive approaches, construction grammar, exemplar theory and recent publications on compounding
    • Richly illustrated with word lists and textual example, it leads to discussions of actual usage as well as expected usage
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This monograph features all four 'I's' characteristic of Bauer's 'trademark': an Illuminating, Ingenious, Insightful and In-depth analysis. Really worth reading!' Pavol Stekauer, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University, Slovakia

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108416030
    • length: 210 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Compounds and words
    3. The grammar of compounds
    4. The semantics of compounds
    5. The classification of compounds
    6. Facets of English compounding
    7. Discussion.

  • Author

    Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington
    Laurie Bauer is Emeritus Professor at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington. He has published many works on morphology including English Word-formation (Cambridge, 1983), Introducing Linguistic Morphology (2003), and Morphological Productivity (Cambridge, 2001).

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