This book presents a typological survey and analysis of the co-compound construction. This understudied phenomenon is essentially a compound whose meaning is the result of coordinating the meanings of its components, as when in some varieties of English 'mother-father' denotes 'parents'. In the course of the work Dr Walchi examines and discusses topics of great theoretical and linguistic interest. These include the notion of word, markedness, the syntax and semantics of coordination, grammaticalization, lexical semantics, the distinction between compounding and phrase formation, and the constructional meanings languages can deploy. The book makes many observations and points about typology and areal features and includes a wealth of unfamiliar data. It will be invaluable for typologists and of considerable interest to a variety of specialists including lexicologists, morphologists, construction grammarians, cognitive linguists, semanticists, field linguists, and syntacticians.
Bernhard Walchli received his master's degree in Slavic and Baltic Studies at the University of Bern (Switzerland) in 1997 and his Ph.D. in General Linguistics at Stockholm University (Sweden) in 2003. He is currently a post-doctoral research scholar of the Swiss National Science Foundation at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. His publications include papers on the typology of motion verbs, modality, and area phenomena in the Circum-Baltic languages. He has taught at the universities of Bern, Stockholm, and Zurich. His current research includes work on lexical typology and areal typology (especially the typology of motion events), the structure of the lexicon, and Baltic linguistics."