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This chapter gives a thorough description of the facts of compounding in English, looking not only at those areas of full productivity that have been extensively studied, but also at some compound types which are less productive and less well covered in the literature. It is organized as follows. Section 18.1 gives an overview of the data, considering coordinate, subordinate, and attributive types, as well as marginal types such as phrasal compounds, identical constituent (reduplicative) compounds, dummy compounds, neoclassical compounds, and items whose analysis arguably involves conversion or prefixation rather than compounding. Section 18.2 focuses on issues concerning compounding in English such as headedness, the internal structure of compounds, the locus of inflection, and the presence or absence of linking elements.

Keywords: compounding, compounds, prefixation, headedness, inflection, linking elements

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