Generalizations about synthetic compounding in Afrikaans

Thereza Botha


This working paper presents some of the data and pretheoretical generalizations on which Eutha's (1980) study of Afrikaans synthetic compounding is based. Huwever, whereas Botha's study also deals with synthetic compounds whi"h are not verbally based, the data and generalizations in this paper are restrir.ted to verbal compounds. It must be stressed, moreover, that the present paper makes no attempt to provide any explanation whatsoever of the data. It does not purport to be anything more than a pretheoretical analysis of the data. The paper is presented in the hope that the data and generalizations will be interesting to other linguists currently investigating thc same or related aspects of morphology or word formation.

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