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Query Details

Query Subject:   Compound versus Phrase Frequency
Author:   Svetoslava Antonova-Baumann
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Linguistic LingField(s):  Morphology
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s):  German

Query:   Dear all,

It is often taken as read that languages such as German, Norwegian, and Swedish use compounds in preference to phrases, whereas others, such as Spanish and the Slavic languages tend to use phrases. However, I have not seen this claim backed up by data on frequency of the structures. Does anyone have a reference which would point me in the direction of quantitative/corpus data which addresses this issue?

Many thanks and best wishes,

Svetoslava Antonova-Baumann

PhD candidate in Empirical linguistics
Northumbria University
LL Issue: 23.5072
Date posted: 04-Dec-2012


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