The Representation and Processing of Compound Words

Paperback | May 22, 2008

EditorGary Libben, Gonia Jarema

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This book presents new work on the psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics of compound words. It shows the insights this work offers on natural language processing and the relation between language, mind, and memory. Compounding is an easy and effective way to create and transfer meanings. Bybuilding new lexical items based on the meanings of existing items, compounds can usually be understood on first presentation, though - as, for example, breadboard, cardboard, cupboard, and sandwich-board show - the rules governing the relations between the components' meanings are not alwaysstraightforward. Compound words may be segmentable into their constituent morphemes in much the same way as sentences can be divided into their constituent words: children and adults would not otherwise find them interpretable. But compound sequences may also be independent lexical items that can be retrieved forproduction as single entities and whose idiosyncratic meanings are stored in the mind. Compound words reflect the properties both of linguistic representation in the mind and of grammatical processing. They thus offer opportunities for investigating key aspects of the mental operations involved inlanguage: for example, the interplay between storage and computation; the manner in which morphological and semantic factors impact on the nature of storage; and the way the mind's computational processes serve on-line language comprehension and production. This book explores the nature of theseopportunities, assesses what is known, and considers what may yet be discovered and how.

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This book presents new work on the psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics of compound words. It shows the insights this work offers on natural language processing and the relation between language, mind, and memory. Compounding is an easy and effective way to create and transfer meanings. Bybuilding new lexical items based on the meani...

Gary Libben is Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Comparative Psycholinguistics at the University of Alberta. He is the co-author, with M. Paradis, of The Assessment of Bilingual Aphasia (Erlbaum, 1987) and, with J. Archibald, of Research Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition (Copp, Clark, Pitman, 1995). ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:May 22, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Gary Libben: Why Study Compound Processing? An Overview of the Issues2. Wolfgang U. Dressler: Compound Types3. Gonia Jarema: Compound Representation and Processing: A Cross-language Perspective4. Carlo Semenza and Sara Mondini: The Neuropsychology of Compound Words5. Elena Nicoladis: Preschool Children's Acquisition of Compounds6. Erika S. Levy, Mira Goral, and Loraine K. Obler: Doghouse/Chien-maison/Niche: Approaches to the Understanding of Compounds Processing in Bilinguals7. Christina L. Gagne and Thomas L. Spalding: Conceptual Combination: Implictions for the Mental Lexicon8. James Myers: Processing Chinese Compounds: A Survey of the LiteratureReferencesIndex