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Laurie Bauer, Rochelle Lieber, and Ingo Plag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.001.0001

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Compounds: formal considerations

Compounds: formal considerations

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(p.430) (p.431) Chapter 19 Compounds: formal considerations
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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology
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Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.003.0019

This chapter deals with the formal properties of compounds. First it considers which kinds of constructs should be classified as compounds and which ones should not. This is followed by a discussion of the internal structure of compounds (including issues of headedness, stress, and orthography), and of the formal properties of nominal, verbal, adjectival, and prepositional compounds, as well as neoclassical, phrasal, and reduplicative compounds. It is argued that blends are also best analyzed as compounds. The chapter ends with a consideration of the formal characteristics of blends.

Keywords:   compound, headedness, stress, orthography, neoclassical compound, phrasal compound, reduplicative compound, blend

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