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Re: Compounded compounds.

From:Jeff Rollin <jeff.rollin@...>
Date:Friday, June 29, 2007, 13:55
In the last episode, (On Friday 13 Tamuz 5767 09:05:51), Benct Philip Jonsson
> On 29.6.2007 Eldin Raigmore wrote: > > Are there many languages with many compound words one of > > whose constituents is already, itself, a compound word? > > > > It seems to me the answer would be "yes". > > Classical Sanskrit is notorious for accommodating > arbitrarily complex compounds. It should be noted that this > arose in written style at a time when Skt. was not any > longer a normal spoken language, since it is not found in > Vedic. It was also a trick for not having to bother about > case endings and verbal inflexions, as one could write the > equivalent or "Devadatta fire-water-boil-PRES.PARTICIPLE- > NOM" instead of the "Devadatta-NOM boil-3.SG.PRES water-ACC > fire-INSTR" for 'Devadatta boils water with fire'. You will > typically find subordinate and relative clauses all strung > together into a long nominal compound, but it happens fairly > often with main clauses too. > > /BP
Of course German is also famous for "arbitrarily-sized compounds" - Bundesverfassungsgericht "Federal Constitutional Court", &c. Jeff -- "Please understand that there are small European principalities devoted to debating Tcl vs. Perl as a tourist attraction." -- Cameron Laird