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The Semantics of Word Formation and Lexicalization$
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Pius ten Hacken and Claire Thomas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748689606

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748689606.001.0001

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The semantics of lexical modification

The semantics of lexical modification

meaning and meaning relations in German A+N compounds

(p.121) Chapter 6 The semantics of lexical modification
The Semantics of Word Formation and Lexicalization

Barbara Schlücker

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter explores the semantics of German A+N compounds as opposed to A+N phrases. Taking into account various data, the chapter shows that in their semantics, German A+N compounds are far from being simple or consistent. The main claim is that there are systematic meaning differences between lexical and syntactic adjectival modification but that these differences do not arise from differences on the level of semantic form. That is, the internal modification relations found in A+N compounds and A+N phrases are basically the same, contrary to what has been proposed in the literature. Furthermore, the chapter also discusses differences and similarities between the semantic properties of A+N and N+N compounds.

Keywords:   compound, modification, German, phrase, nominal compounding, adjective noun sequences

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