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The lexicalization of complex constructions: an analysis of adjective-noun combinations
(Pasithee : Open Access Electronic Publications; Library & Information Center - University of Patras, 2016)
The current paper discusses the lexicalization of complex constructions composed of an adjective and a noun. It is argued that compounds/compound-like constructions are more prone to become lexicalized than phrases/phrase-like constructions. The relationship between lexicalization and the cognitive process of memorization represents a key point of our analysis. We report evidence from psycholinguistic studies contrasting compounds/compound-like constructions to phrases/phrase-like constructions either within a single ...