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title: Portuguese Compounds
authors: Graça Rio-Torto
Sílvia Ribeiro
keywords: morfologia, formação de palavras, composição
issue date: 2012
publisher: De Gruyter
abstract: This article presents an overview of compounding in contemporary Portuguese. Conceived as a plurilexematic unit used as a holistic denomination, a compound is characterized by lexical atomicity. The continuum of compound classes that we propose is based on the morpho-lexical nature of the internal units (root, word) and on the (non)conformity of compound constructions with Portuguese syntactic templates. Since Portuguese compounds constitute a heterogeneous and borderline class, this analysis also focuses on the boundaries of compoundhood, namely those existing between compounds and phrasal nouns. This article also concentrates on the internal grammatical (coordinative, subordinative, attributive) and thematic relations and analyzes Portuguese compounds with respect to headedness in its morphological, semantic and categorical dimensions. Finally, we stress the existence of a narrow relationship between internal constituency, headedness and inflectional patterns of Portuguese compounds.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10773/8971
ISSN: 0921-4771
publisher version/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/probus-2012-0006
source: Probus - International Journal of Latin and Romance Linguistics
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