Article published in:Converging Evidence: Methodological and theoretical issues for linguistic research
Edited by Doris Schönefeld
[Human Cognitive Processing 33] 2011
► pp. 221–246
Word-formation patterns in a cross-linguistic perspective
Testing predictions for novel object naming in Hungarian and German
Previous research has shown that novel objects that are merged from two identifiable parts predominantly elicit noun – noun compounds in Germanic languages. However, it is unclear whether Hungarian allows shape/appearance modifiers in noun – noun compounds. Using a novel object naming task we compare language-specific preferences for labels for: (i) novel hybrid objects composed of two identifiable parts (such as an animal that is half fox and half chicken, i.e. chicken fox), and (ii) novel objects having a salient shape (such as a box shaped like a banana, i.e. banana box). The results are explored regarding the degree of semantic influence on word-formation patterns and interpreted within a cognitive-linguistic framework.
Published online: 30 November 2011
Cited by 2 other publications
Altakhaineh, Abdel Rahman Mitib
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