Semantics of Complex Words

  • Laurie Bauer
  • Lívia Körtvélyessy
  • Pavol Štekauer

Part of the Studies in Morphology book series (SUMO, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Laurie Bauer, Lívia Körtvélyessy, Pavol Štekauer
    Pages 1-8
  3. Laurie Bauer, Salvador Valera
    Pages 67-84
  4. Lívia Körtvélyessy, Pavol Štekauer, Július Zimmermann
    Pages 85-113
  5. Bogdan Szymanek
    Pages 143-161
  6. Pius ten Hacken
    Pages 187-216

About this book


This volume offers a valuable overview of recent research into the semantic aspects of complex words through different theoretical frameworks. Contributions by experts in the field, both morphologists and psycholinguists, identify crucial areas of research, present alternative and complementary approaches to their examination from the current level of knowledge, and indicate perspectives of research into the semantics of complex words by raising important questions that need to be investigated in order to get a more comprehensive picture of the field.

Recent decades have seen both extensive and intensive development of various theories of word-formation, however, the semantic aspects of complex words have, with a few notable exceptions, been rather neglected. This volume fills that gap by offering articles written by leading experts in the field from various theoretical backgrounds.


Athabaskan languages Construction of complex words English word-formation Form and meaning of bahuvrihi compounds Future research agenda Lexeme formation in a conscious approach to the lexicon Semantic interpretation Tautology in word-formation Transpositions and the limits of word formation

Editors and affiliations

  • Laurie Bauer
    • 1
  • Lívia Körtvélyessy
    • 2
  • Pavol Štekauer
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Linguistics and Applied Language StudiesVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of British and American StudiesP.J. Šafárik UniversityKošiceSlovakia
  3. 3.Department of British and American StudiesP.J. Šafárik UniversityKošiceSlovakia

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