N+N compounding in English : semantic categories and the weight of modifiers

Název: N+N compounding in English : semantic categories and the weight of modifiers
Zdrojový dokument: Brno studies in English. 2010, roč. 36, č. 1, s. [47]-76
  • ISSN
    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
Type: Článek
Licence: Neurčená licence
Based on a 3,093-item corpus, this paper delves into the meaning relationship between the two constituents of N+N compounds. After tackling theoretical questions such as semantic categories and prototypes of compounds, some methodological details are considered and explanations provided on the collection of the corpus. Next, the experimental section examines the semantics of N+N compounding and, by means of various computations, it describes and analyzes to what extent the presence of a given modifier influences the overall meaning of these lexemes. Finally, the aspects from the theoretical and the practical sections are combined, and future prospects on the topic assessed.
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