The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
Komposition und Kompositionalität [Composition and Compositionality]
Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der semantischen Dekodierung von Substantivkomposita
This book systematically applies the so-called principle of compositionality to substantive composition and investigates whether this semantic principle can be judged a sufficient basis for the understanding of unknown terms. The central question concerns how far the meaning of a substantive composite with two nominal elements can be ‘calculated’ from the meaning of its constituents. Using various empirical studies, the author shows that the principle of compositionality must be reformulated.