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The Status and Development of N+N Sequences in Contemporary English Noun Phrases (Linguistic Insights)

The Status and Development of N+N Sequences in Contemporary English Noun Phrases (Linguistic Insights)

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  • ISBN-13: 9783034305341
  • Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
  • Release Date: Mar 30, 2011
  • Edition: 1st New edition
  • Pages: 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.75 x 8.75 x 0.5 inches

Overview

This volume aims to carry out a comprehensive analysis of those nouns within the structure of the noun phrase which are referred to as N+N sequences (e.g. drug addiction, computer cluster). They are studied from three perspectives, namely their status as syntactic constructs, their evolution as becoming morphological items through a process of lexicalisation - whereby they gradually acquire properties of a semantic, morphological, orthographic and phonological nature -, and their use in which several variables such as speech community, mode and textual category are in operation. Additionally, this volume touches upon the problems in establishing clear-cut boundaries between morphology and syntax in order to define their status and evolution. A comprehensive corpus analysis rounds off the study.

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