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- Introduction: Status and Definition of Compounding
- Compounding and Idiomatology
- The Classification of Compounds
- Early Generative Approaches
- A Lexical Semantic Approach to Compounding
- Compounding in the Parallel Architecture and Conceptual Semantics
- Compounding in Distributed Morphology
- Why are Compounds a Part of Human Language? A View from Asymmetry Theory
- Compounding and Lexicalism
- Compounding and Construction Morphology
- Compounding from an Onomasiological Perspective
- Compounding in Cognitive Linguistics
- Psycholinguistic Perspectives
- Meaning Predictability of Novel Context-Free Compounds
- Children's Acquisition of Compound Constructions
- Diachronic Perspectives
- Typology of Compounds
- IE, Germanic: English
- IE, Germanic: Dutch
- IE, Germanic: German
- IE, Germanic: Danish
- IE, Romance: French
- IE, Romance: Spanish
- IE, Hellenic: Modern Greek
- IE, Slavonic: Polish
- Sino-Tibetan: Mandarin Chinese
- Afro-Asiatic, Semitic: Hebrew
- Isolate: Japanese
- Uralic, Finno-Ugric: Hungarian
- Athapaskan: Slave
- Iroquoian: Mohawk
- Arawakan: Maipure-Yavitero
- Araucanian: Mapudungun
- Pama-Nyungan: Warlpiri
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter, starting from the classification of compounds argued for by Bisetto and Scalise (2005), puts forth a redefinition of their macrotypes in order to be able to undertake an in-depth analysis of Chinese compounding. One widely discussed theoretical issue in the literature is the morphological position of the head in the languages of the world. The chapter discusses headedness in Chinese compounds and proposes a new Head Position Principle, which challenges some widespread assumptions and could well be of interest for the analysis of headedness in other languages. In the analysis of Chinese compounds, a phenomenon never analysed before has been identified: the formation of new compounds from underlying compounds, named ‘metacompounding’. These compounds have implications for headedness.
Antonella Ceccagno is Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Chinese Sociology at the University of Bologna, Italy. In the linguistic field her research focuses on Chinese morphology, word formation and compounding in Chinese, gender in Chinese. She participates in the Morbo/Comp project. Her other fields of research are migration from China and the Chinese diaspora in Europe. She is a consultant to UN agencies on these issues.
Bianca Basciano is a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Verona, Italy. Her main research interest lies in Chinese morphology, in particular compounding. She is involved in the Morbo/comp project based in Bologna and directed by Sergio Scalise. She co-authored with Antonella Ceccagno the article ‘Compound headedness in Chinese: An analysis of neologisms’, in Morphology (2007).
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