Chapter published in:Nominal Compound Acquisition
Edited by Wolfgang U. Dressler, F. Nihan Ketrez and Marianne Kilani-Schoch
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 61] 2017
► pp. 275–286
Contrastive lexical typology of German and Greek child speech and child-directed speech
While both German and Greek are rich in compounding devices and nominal compounds represent the most frequent compounding type in both languages, the amount of nominal compounds occurring in early child speech is much more limited in Greek than in German. Since this difference cannot be explained by a mere comparison of the word formation potential of the two languages, an onomasiological approach to lexical typology has been taken, which is based on a sample list of nominal compounds occurring in German child language and their Greek translational equivalents. It has been found that while use of nominal compounds is common in colloquial German including child-centered situations, it is more typical of Greek formal than colloquial registers.
Keywords: contrastive lexical typology, compounding, German, Greek
Published online: 19 December 2017
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