LINGUIST List 13.375

Mon Feb 11 2002

Sum: Compound Nouns in English

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  1. Caroline Reul, compound nouns

Message 1: compound nouns

Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 10:58:07 +0100
From: Caroline Reul <>
Subject: compound nouns

For query: 12 3037.2

After months, a summary of answers I received to my request for sources 
or lists of compound nouns. These were all helpful though I had hoped 
for actual lists of compounds. Thanks to those who sent me the 
following info:

1: two sites that are style guideline on treatment of compounds:

2. A paper with lots of examples

Liberman, Mark and Richard Sproat. 1992. "The stress and structure of
modified noun phrases in English". In _Lexical Matters_, Ivan Sag & 
Szabolcsi (eds), CSLI: Stanford, CA.

3. sources of copulative compounds as well as endocentric ones:

Olsen, S. 2001 Copulative Compounds: A closer look at the interface
between syntax and morphology. Yearbook of Morphology 2000, 279-320.

4. a paper about Noun compounds in English
containing a lot of data in the appendix, which was presented at
MMM 3, Barcelona, 21 September 2001.

The paper is downloadable from his web site
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