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Query Details

Query Subject:   Compounds vs. Phrases in English
Author:   Svetoslava Antonova-Baumann
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Morphology

Query:   Dear all,

My name is Svetoslava Antonova-Baumann and I am a PhD student at
Northumbria University researching the relationship between concepts
expressed by compounds versus those expressed by nominal phrases.
I've recently become interested in expressions such as ''beginner's
course'' (although it can be debated to what extent this should be
considered a compound) and ''course for beginners'' - in other words,
compounds and nominal phrases which use more or less the same
lexemes and have the same meaning.

I would be very grateful if you could share with me any other
comparable examples in English (svetoslava.antonova-

Thank you very much for your help.

Kind regards,
LL Issue: 22.4323
Date posted: 01-Nov-2011


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