LINGUIST List 23.5072

Tue Dec 04 2012

Qs: Compound versus Phrase Frequency

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 30-Nov-2012
From: Svetoslava Antonova-Baumann <>
Subject: Compound versus Phrase Frequency
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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

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology                             Text/Corpus Linguistics                             Typology
Subject Language(s): German (deu)                             Spanish (spa)                             Swedish (swe)

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