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Co-Compounds and Natural Coordination$
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Bernhard Wälchli

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276219.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Co-Compounds and Natural Coordination

Bernhard Wälchli

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces co-compounds and their basic formal, semantic, and use-oriented (distributional) properties, as well as tight coordination patterns, such as bare binomials, which have in common with co-compounds the expression natural coordination. It is argued that co-compounds are not a form of parallelism, even if they share the use of word pairs with some forms of parallelism and word association. The chapter provides a brief historical survey of co-compounds in the literature in spoken and in sign languages, and a general outline of the methods and material used in the study. Crucial issues in semantics relevant for the study are discussed, including taxonomy, cover meanings, semantic relativity, and contextual semantic sharpening.

Keywords:   bare binomials, parallelism, taxonomy, cover meanings, semantic relativity, contextual sharpening

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