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Compounds or Phrases? - A Look at The Structure of Atypical Noun-Noun Combinations.


  • Elna Arvidsson

Summary, in English

Differentiating between compounds and phrases can often be difficult. One of the main reasons for this is a compound and a phrase can have the same surface form. In this essay atypical noun- noun combination, which could be possible compounds are investigated. The research questions for this essay include if these combinations are compounds or phrases, what these noun-noun combinations look like and the possible structure and head of them. The study is based on corpus data and tests for compoundhood are applied to the data in order to see if the constructions are most likely compounds or phrases. The results show that the constructions are likely phrases. The structure of most of these phrases seem to be minor determiner with the rightmost element in the phrase being the head. Moreover, it seems that the atypical noun-noun combinations investigated might be a result of densification.


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Compounds or Phrases? - A Look at The Structure of Atypical Noun-Noun Combinations.

Document type

Student publication for Bachelor's degree


  • Languages and Literatures


  • Eva Klingvall