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Ryder, Mary Ellen. 1994. Ordered Chaos: The Interpretation of English Noun-Noun Compounds. Oakland: University of California Press. 449 pp. URL
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This work presents a model for novel compound interpretation using Cognitive Grammar and schema theory. The model, based on analysis of established compounds and responses to novel compounds, claims that speakers try using real- world schemas attached to both element nouns to construct a relationship between them by matching already established patterns. When this is impossible, speakers often "metaphorize" the head noun. (Publisher Book Description)