Edited by Wolfgang U. Dressler, F. Nihan Ketrez and Marianne Kilani-Schoch
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 61] 2017
► pp. 251–274
Chapter 11. Compounding in early child speech: Hebrew peer talk 2–8
This chapter traces the emergence and consolidation of Hebrew compounds across the childhood years, treating compounds as constructions (Goldberg 2003). Hebrew compounds are strictly nominal, with three different structures, each relating lexicon, morphology, and syntax: The bound smixut, the free compound, and the double compound. The current study examines the distributions and functions of smixut and free compounds in the peer talk transcripts of Hebrew-speaking children aged 2–8. Findings indicate that smixut compounds increase in number with age, emerging as the major vehicle for expressing complex sub-categorization relations. Free compounds constitute the initial vehicle for the expression of nominal predication. The lexical, morpho-syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic facets of compound development in the childhood years are discussed in the chapter.
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