, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 721–725 | Cite as

Pius ten Hacken (ed.): The semantics of compounding

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2016, 264 pp., ISBN 978-1-107-09970-8
  • Marios Andreou
Book Review


In recent years there has been an upsurge of interest in the study of compounds (see among others Lieber and Štekauer 2009; Scalise and Vogel 2010; Arndt-Lappe et al. 2016). The Semantics of Compounding, edited by Pius ten Hacken, focuses on the semantic aspect of compounding and examines the issue of how to determine the meaning of compounds.

The volume was inspired by the Workshop 130 “The Semantics of Compounding” that was organized at the 19th Congrès International des Linguistes/International Congress of Linguists, which took place in Geneva (21–27 July 2013). The primary goal of the volume is to advance our understanding of meaning in compounds by the use of three particular recent theories on the semantics of word formation. Thus, all chapters present work within three frameworks in which the semantic aspect plays a central role, namely Ray Jackendoff’s Parallel Architecture (PA), Rochelle Lieber’s Lexical Semantic Framework, and Pavol Štekauer’s Onomasiological Theory...



The author gratefully acknowledges funding by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft SFB 991 “The Structure of Representations in Language, Cognition, and Science” (Project: C08, “The semantics of derivational morphology: A frame-based approach”).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Heinrich Heine University DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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