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LINGUIST List 24.3861

Tue Oct 01 2013

Diss: Modern Greek, German, Morphology: Koliopoulou: 'Issues of Modern Greek and German Compounding ...'

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Oct-2013
From: Maria Koliopoulou <maria_koliopouloudaad-alumni.de>
Subject: Issues of Modern Greek and German Compounding: A contrastive approach
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Institution: University of Patras
Program: Department of Philology
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2013

Author: Maria Koliopoulou

Dissertation Title: Issues of Modern Greek and German Compounding: A contrastive approach

Dissertation URL: http://nemertes.lis.upatras.gr/jspui/handle/10889/5962#sthash.YfRb0JdH.dpuf

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): German (deu)
                            Greek, Modern (ell)

Dissertation Director:
Giannoula Giannoulopoulou
Anna Anastassiadis-Symeonidis
Angela Ralli

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis belongs to the field of contrastive morphology: it examines the
morphological process of compounding in Modern Greek and German, two
languages which share many common morphological features and in which the
specific phenomenon is especially productive. In more detail, the topics
examined are the following: a) the structural features of the so called
'prototypical compounds' in contrast to the 'borderline cases', where the
process of derivation is also involved in their formation, b) the
appearance of the linking element and c) the formation of different types
of compounds as for example the exocentric and the copulative ones. The
theoretical framework adopted is that of generative morphology. The main
conclusions of the thesis concern the definition of parameters that can
explain the differences in the formation of compounds in these two
languages. The most important parameters that determine the basic
differences in the formation of Modern Greek and German compounds are a)
the stem vs. word-based morphology and b) the rich vs. limited nominal
inflectional paradigms. Through this contrastive analysis various new
outcomes came into light concerning special issues in the process of
compounding of these two languages, as for instance the morphological
status of the linking element in German, the type of head that the German
exocentric compounds display and the morphological features of the nominal
copulative compounds in Modern Greek.

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