LINGUIST List 29.2396

Tue Jun 05 2018

Books: English Compounds and their Spelling: Sanchez-Stockhammer

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Date: 04-Jun-2018
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Subject: English Compounds and their Spelling: Sanchez-Stockhammer
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Title: English Compounds and their Spelling
Published: 2018
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107197848 Pages: 416 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107197848 Pages: 416 Price: U.K. £ 85.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781107197848 Pages: 416 Price: Europe EURO 99.20

Anyone writing texts in English is constantly faced with the unavoidable question whether to use open spelling (drinking fountain), hyphenation (far-off) or solid spelling (airport) for individual compounds. While some compounds commonly occur with alternative spellings, others show a very clear bias for one form. This book tests over 60 hypotheses and explores the patterns underlying the spelling of English compounds from a variety of perspectives. Based on a sample of 600 biconstituent compounds with identical spelling in all reference works in which they occur (200 each with open, hyphenated and solid spelling), this empirical study analyses large amounts of data from corpora and dictionaries and concludes that the spelling of English compounds is not chaotic but actually correlates with a large number of statistically significant variables. An easily applicable decision tree is derived from the data and an innovative multi-dimensional prototype model is suggested to account for the results.

1. Introduction; Part I. Theoretical Background: 2. Delimitating the compound concept; 3. The normative background; Part II. Empirical Study of English Compound Spelling: 4. Material and method; 5. Potential determinants of English compound spelling; Part III. Modelling English Compound Spelling: 6. Compound spelling heuristics; 7. Modelling English compound spelling; 8. Summary and conclusion.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Writing Systems

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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