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Bahuvrihi (was: YAEPT (stress in noun compounds))

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Friday, March 3, 2006, 22:13
Mark J. Reed wrote at 2006-03-03 16:06:02 (-0500)
 > On 3/3/06, taliesin the storyteller <taliesin-conlang@...> wrote:
 > > Laurie Bauer gets to write textbook-entries about compounds, so I
 > > suggest reading the following before things take off here :)
 > >
 > >
 > Okay, uhm . . . what the heck is a "bahuvrihi" in this context??

An exocentric compound (i.e. one in which the meaning is neither a
hyponym of one of its two parts, or an aggregate of both of them, but
rather a qualifier of some other concept outside itself).  Like
_pickpocket_, for example, which is not a kind of pocket.  It's a term
from Sanskrit grammar, literally "much-rice" (an example of the class,
describing a rich person).