Edited by Sergio Scalise and Irene Vogel
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 311] 2010
► pp. 177–198
Coordination in compounding
This chapter deals with the expression of coordination relations in compounding. Two macro-types of compounds are identified, namely hyperonymic coordinating compounds (co-compounds), where the referent of the compound is in a superordinate relationship to the meaning of the parts (as Mandarin dao-qiang ‘sword+spear, weapons’), and hyponymic coordinate compounds, where the referent is in a subordinate relationship to the meaning of the parts (as English actor-director). The chapter also argues that the distribution of these two macro-types is not random but, rather, areally skewed: whereas co-compounds are common in the Eastern part of Eurasia, New Guinea and Mesoamerica, they seem to be absent in Standard Average European languages, where hyponymic coordinating compounds are formed quite freely. Moreover, while co-compounds may belong to different word classes, hyponymic coordinating compounds are (probably) never verbs.
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