Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol.6. No.3 September 2015                                           Pp. 120–136
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no3.8

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Compounding as a Near Universal Phenomenon with Special Reference to Standard Arabic Nominal Compounding

 Abdul-Hafeed Ali Fakih
Department of English, University of Ibb, Republic of Yemen
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Department of English, University of Najran, Saudi Arabia (KSA)

Nadia Ali A-Shawafi
Department of English, University of Ibb, Republic of Yemen

 

 

Abstract:
Compounding has received little attention in linguistic typology and, in particular, in studies on linguistic  universals. This paper seeks to study compounding as a universal process with special reference to Arabic nominal compounding. It aims to point out whether compounding is a universal process in light of Standard Arabic nominal compounding. It attempts to extrapolate universal tendencies in compounding with respect to the following features of compounding: the identity of compounding, classification of compounds, headedness of the compounds in the world’s languages, relationships between the constituents of compounds, and universality of compounding. It proposes lines of empirical research and methodological suggestions towards the study of universals in compounding. The focus of the study is on nominal compounds consisting of two lexemes.
Key words: classification, features, lexeme, nominal compounding, typology, universal   

Cite as: Fakih, A.A., &  A-Shawafi,  N. A. (2015). Compounding as a Near Universal Phenomenon with Special Reference to Standard Arabic Nominal Compounding. Arab World English Journal, 8 (3).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no3.8

  

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