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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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Semantic transparency and anaphoric islands

Semantic transparency and anaphoric islands

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(p.140) Chapter 8 Semantic transparency and anaphoric islands
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The Semantics of Word Formation and Lexicalization
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Martin Schäfer

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748689606.003.0008

This chapter investigates the relationship between the semantic transparency of compounds and their status as anaphoric islands. After revisiting the most compelling evidence for a pragmatic account of the English data, it discusses German adjective-noun compounds and argues that semantic transparency plays a crucial role in accessing compound-internal components for anaphoric reference. Motivated by a small corpus study on AN compounds that allow reference to the head realized by a zero pronoun, a number of factors that motivate the actual usage of anaphora are discussed. In particular, for fully transparent adjective-noun compounds the entrenchment of the phrasal version relative to the compound plays a role, while for not fully transparent compounds, morphosyntactic constraints can impose anaphoric usage.

Keywords:   anaphoric islands, adjective-noun compounds, anaphora, semantic transparency, German, entrenchment

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