Saturday, January 01, 2005

Noun compounds

Sally Greene and Languagehat are now kvetching about noun compounds and their increasing use in English prose. I, for one, welcome our new word formation overlords. Many languages of which I'm fond don't have adjectives at all, or have only a very small closed class of adjectives. However, being free and easy with compounds, they never want for expressive power. I'm happy to see that English is coming around!

4 Comments:

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Claire said...

Why noun when you can verb? Why compound when you can incorporate?? Long live polysynthesis! :)

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger taivo said...

Nothing says English quite like 'whaleroad' etc. Beowulf would be proud (even though he probably didn't speak Old English).

 
At 9:32 PM, Blogger David Mortensen said...

To paraphrase Kronecker, "God made body-part incorporation; all else is the work of man."

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger David Mortensen said...

hronrāde, mallrat... it's all the same.

 

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