Help in Linguistics
I did not understand very well what wanted to mean “Endocentric/Exocentric compounds”. I would like to know the direction in general.
If somebody understood what that wants to say please help me.
Thank you in advance.
Re: Help in Linguistics
An ENDOCENTRIC compound is one in which two words are added together to denote a particular kind of the second, e.g., doghouse (= a HOUSE for a dog) or ratrace (= a RACE for rats [literally, anyway!]).
An EXOCENTRIC compound, on the other hand, denotes something that does not correspond directly to either of the constituent elements, e.g. thumbnail, not a type of nail, but a type of digital picture.
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