English Compounds and their Spelling
Part of Studies in English Language
- Author: Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
Anyone writing texts in English is constantly faced with the unavoidable question whether to use open spelling (drinking fountain), hyphenation (far-off) or solid spelling (airport) for individual compounds. While some compounds commonly occur with alternative spellings, others show a very clear bias for one form. This book tests over 60 hypotheses and explores the patterns underlying the spelling of English compounds from a variety of perspectives. Based on a sample of 600 biconstituent compounds with identical spelling in all reference works in which they occur (200 each with open, hyphenated and solid spelling), this empirical study analyses large amounts of data from corpora and dictionaries and concludes that the spelling of English compounds is not chaotic but actually correlates with a large number of statistically significant variables. An easily applicable decision tree is derived from the data and an innovative multi-dimensional prototype model is suggested to account for the results.Read more
- The most comprehensive account of English compound spelling so far
- Offers a spelling algorithm for English compounds that readers can use to determine the most likely spelling in cases of doubt
- Combines a theoretical and an applied approach to English compound spelling, applicable to readers from both types of background
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- Date Published: March 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781108195683
- contains: 8 b/w illus. 142 tables
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Part I. Theoretical Background:
2. Delimitating the compound concept
3. The normative background
Part II. Empirical Study of English Compound Spelling:
4. Material and method
5. Potential determinants of English compound spelling
Part III. Modelling English Compound Spelling:
6. Compound spelling heuristics
7. Modelling English compound spelling
8. Summary and conclusion.
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