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The distribution of constituent words in nominal compounds and its impact on semantic interpretation: an empirical study

  • The paper explores factors that influence the distribution of constituent words of compounds over the head and modifier position. The empirical basis for the study is a large database of German compounds, annotated with respect to the morphological structure of the compound and the semantic category of the constituents. The study shows that the polysemy of the constituent word, its constituent family size, and its semantic category account for tendencies of the constituent word to occur in either modifier or head position. Furthermore, the paper explores the degree to which the semantic category combination of head and modifier word, e.g., x=substance and y=artifact, indicates the semantic relation between the constituents, e.g., y_consists_of_x.

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Author:Annelen BrunnerGND, Stefan EngelbergORCiDGND, Katrin HeinGND
Parent Title (English):Journal of Word Formation
Parent Title (German):Zeitschrift für Wortbildung
Publisher:Peter Lang
Place of publication:Siegen
Editor:Petra M. Vogel, Elke Donalies, Ludwig M. Eichinger
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of Publication (online):2021/05/11
Contributing Corporation:Germanistisches Seminar, Universität Siegen
Tag:GermaNet; N-N compound; compound family; compound interpretation; polysemy; word formation in German
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Kontrastive Morphologie; Morphologie <Linguistik>; Polysemie; Wortbildung
First Page:7
Last Page:36
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Lexikologie / Etymologie
Program areas:L2: Lexikalische Syntagmatik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International