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 :)
> > http://www.vuw.ac.nz/lals/staff/laurie-bauer/Bauer-adj-compound.pdf
> 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).