Tendenze della formazione delle parole nell'italiano contemporaneo: la composizione


  • Gabriella Tóth Istituto Linguistico della Facoltà Re Sigismondo


word-formation, neologism, native compounding, non-native compounding


This paper analyses the principal tendencies of compounding, the most used word-formation process in Modern Italian. The goal is to delineate the most employed compositive patterns in the enrichment of the vocabulary of Italian. After a brief introduction, we will examine a productive compositive pattern of native compounding: N+N, V+N, A+A and N+A. Then, we will describe the two mostly employed patterns of non-native compounding: neoclassical compounding and what is known as "hybrid compounding". We will present examples from a corpus created from the dictionary of Italian neologisms (Adamo & Della Valle 2003). This choice is motivated by the idea that although neologisms are sometimes ephemeral, they can provide an insight of word-formation tendencies in Italian.



How to Cite

Tóth, G. (2010). Tendenze della formazione delle parole nell’italiano contemporaneo: la composizione. Verbum – Analecta Neolatina, 12(2), 517–532. Retrieved from https://verbum-analectaneolatina.hu/index.php/verbum/article/view/530