[Lingtyp] Analyzability and compositionality

joo at shh.mpg.de joo at shh.mpg.de
Mon Dec 30 17:59:44 EST 2019


Dear all,

I would like to know if the terms analyzability and compositionality are used interchangeably, and if so to what extent.
In other words, I would like to know if there is any consensus on how to use these terms differently, or are they just synonyms.
Example: The word “tabletop” is fully compositional/analyzable, and the word “laptop” less so (Langacker 2008).
My impression is that analyzability is used mostly for lexemes whereas compositionality is used mostly for phrases, but there seems to be no clear boundary.
I would appreciate any opinion on this.

From Jena,
Ian
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