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Semantic structure and meaning within agentive nominal compounds: evidence from French and Swedish
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages.
2010 (English)In: Word Structure, ISSN 1750-1245, Vol. 3, no 2, 181-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study addresses agentive nominal compounds in French and Swedish containing N and V constituents. French has only one such compound, VN, whereas Swedish has at least four, NV-are, NV-a, NV and VN. The study explores the semantic characteristics of their constituents and their semantic structures. Formal aspects are also considered within a lexeme-based morphology. The analysis shows that, although French and Swedish compounds differ formally, they share more or less the same semantics. Their V constituent takes one or more arguments, and their N constituents display several semantic roles. Semantically, the compounds generally denote an Actor of verbs taking two arguments, and the N constituents denote an Undergoer, except in Swedish VN compounds, which denote an entity which fills the same role as that of the N constituent, generally an Actor. Non argumental interpretations, such as Place or Event, are less frequent. In conclusion, the study can have typological value for the semantics of agentive nominal compounds.

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Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press , 2010. Vol. 3, no 2, 181-204 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-42484DOI: 10.3366/word.2010.0004OAI: diva2:347006
Available from: 2010-09-02 Created: 2010-09-02 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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