Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Semantic structure and meaning within agentive nominal compounds: Evidence from French and Swedish
Stockholms universitet, Humanistiska fakulteten, Institutionen för franska, italienska och klassiska språk.
2010 (English)In: Word Structure, ISSN 1750-1245, Vol. 3, no 2, 181-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press , 2010. Vol. 3, no 2, 181-204 p.
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-84853DOI: 10.3366/word.2010.0004OAI: diva2:689572
Available from: 2014-01-21 Created: 2014-01-21 Last updated: 2014-02-06Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Rosenberg, Maria
General Language Studies and Linguistics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 53 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link