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Modeling the properties of German phrasal compounds within a usage-based constructional approach

  • This paper discusses phrasal compounds in German (e.g.“Man-muss-doch-überalles-reden-können”-Credo, ‘one-should-be-able-to-talk-about-everything motto’). It provides the first empirically based investigation and description of this wordformation type within the theoretical framework of construction grammar. While phrasal compounds pose a problem for “traditional” generative approaches, I argue that a usage-based constructional model (e.g. Langacker 1987; Goldberg 2006) which takes into consideration aspects of frequency provides a suitable approach to modeling and explaining their properties. For this purpose, a large inventory of phrasal compounds was extracted from the German Reference Corpus (DeReKo) and modeled as pairings of form and meaning at different levels of specificity and abstractness within a bottom-up process. Overall, this paper not only presents a new and original approach to phrasal compounds, but also offers interesting perspectives for dealing with composition in general.

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Author:Katrin Hein
Parent Title (English):Further investigations into the nature of phrasal compounding
Series (Serial Number):Morphological investigations (1)
Publisher:Language Science Press
Place of publication:Berlin
Editor:Carola Trips, Jaklin Kornfilt
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2017
Date of Publication (online):2017/09/21
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Konstruktionsgrammatik; Nominalkompositum; Phraseologie; Wortbildung
First Page:119
Last Page:148
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
BDSL-Classification:Lexikographie, Wörterbücher
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Lexikologie / Etymologie
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International