Compound Words in Spanish: Theory and History

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 451 pages
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This is the first book devoted entirely to the history of compound words in Spanish. Based on data obtained from Spanish dictionaries and databases of the past thousand years, it documents the evolution of the major compounding patterns of the language. It analyzes the structural, semantic, and orthographic features of each compound type, and also provides a description of its Latin antecedents, early attestations, and relative frequency and productivity over the centuries. The combination of qualitative and quantitative data shows that although most compound types have survived, they have undergone changes in word order and relative frequency. Moreover, the book shows that the evolution of compounding in Spanish may be accounted for by processes of language acquisition in children. This book, which includes all the data in chronological and alphabetical order, will be a valuable resource for morphologists, Romance linguists, and historical linguists more generally.
 

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Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations used
Preface acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1 Definitions
Chapter 2 The internal structure of compounds
Chapter 3 Finding compounds
Chapter 6 Endocentric compounds with nominal heads and nominaladjectival modifiers
Chapter 7 Exocentric patterns
Chapter 8 Concatenative compounds
Chapter 9 Historical developments in Spanish compounding
References
Compound dataset
Subject index
Word index

Chapter 4 Endocentric compounds with adverbial nonheads
Chapter 5 Endocentric compounds with nominal nonheads

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