Structural Matrixes and Lexical Implications of Compounding in American Slang Expressions

Ayad Hammad Ali


This paper is a humble attempt to shed some light upon the structural moulds and lexical implications that might result from compound words in American slang expressions. Since slang is flourished in most of the American society and used by many fields including journalism. One should look at the way in which these compounds are built and how these are syntactically patterned and creamed with innovative meanings that might not be deduced from the mere constituents of the words used in compositing the compounds. Virtually, joining two words or more together results in having a compound word formed according to obvious syntactic rules. However, configuring a slang compound might take two lexical tracks, the first track bases on the endocentric building of the compound where the meanings of the words used in compounding can easily be derived. While, the second track is exocentric building of compound where its meaning cannot be derived from the words joined together because its meaning is idiomatic.

  In examining the word order of the American slang compounds, one can find a variety of syntactic structures employed in forming them. Function words, such as articles, indefinite articles, modifiers, determiners etc, and morphological affixes are also employed in forming any word. A kit of expressions is used to enhance the process of analysis. Engendering a new modeling of compounding in terms of structures is a prima facie endeavor of this research.


Wordformation, Compound, Slang, Lexical Function, Blending

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