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    Is "waterfall" an endocentric or exocentric compound word?

    I'm studying Linguistics and have just come across the word waterfall while looking for compounds to determine whether they are endocentric or exocentric, but I have no idea about this particular one. Could you tell me what it is? And more examples similar to that one would be appreciated. Thank you in advance :)
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    Re: Is "waterfall" an endocentric or extrocentric compound word?

    I should think waterfall is an endocentric word because it is made from the nouns water and fall (a precipitous descent of water) and therefore is of or relating to a compound word whose referent is the same as the referent of one of its constituent parts.

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    Re: Is "waterfall" an endocentric or extrocentric compound word?

    Thank you Hi_there_Carl. Which word is the head of the compound then?
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    Re: Is "waterfall" an endocentric or extrocentric compound word?

    I think "fall" is the head because water is the type of fall.

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    Re: Is "waterfall" an endocentric or extrocentric compound word?

    I see. Thank you :)

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