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date: 22 November 2019

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This chapter deals with the predictability of meanings of novel context-free compounds. It interrelates the word-formation and word-interpretation models in order to explain the predictability of the meanings of novel context-free compounds; the model explores the idea that there is always one or two dominant meanings ‘winning’ the competition among different potential meanings as a result of interplay between linguistic and extralinguistic factors.

Keywords: compounds, word formation, word interpretation

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