The question of how to determine the meaning of compounds was prominent in early generative morphology, but lost importance after the late 1970s. In the past decade, it has been revived by the emergence of a number of frameworks that are better suited to studying this question than earlier ones. In this book, three frameworks for studying the semantics of compounding are presented by their initiators: Jackendoff's Parallel Architecture, Lieber's theory of lexical semantics, and Stekauer's omasiological theory. Common to these presentations is a focus on English un-un compounds. In the following chapters, these theories are then applied to different types of compounding (phrasal, A+N, neoclassical) and other languages (French, German, Swedish, Greek). Finally, a comparison highlights how each framework offers particular insight into the meaning of compounds. An exciting new contribution to the field, this book will be of interest to morphologists, semanticists and cognitive linguists.
Pius ten Hacken studied French and general linguistics in Utrecht and has worked for the machine translation project Eurotra and at universities in Basel (computer science and general linguistics), Swansea (French and translation studies), and Innsbruck (translation studies). His research interests focus on word formation, terminology, lexicography and the nature of language as an object of linguistic study. He is the author of Defining Morphology (1994) and Chomskyan Linguistics and its Competitors (2007), the editor of Terminology, Computing and Translation (2006), and co-editor of The Semantics of Word Formation and Lexicalization (2013).