Of all the possible vehicles for intensification, adverbial intensifiers in predicate-intensifier collocations (very interesting) and, to a lesser extent, intensifying adjectives in adjective-noun collocations (great fun), are the most widely studied intensifying devices in the relevant literature. By contrast, as far as I am aware, intensifying [N+A]A and [A+A]A compounds have not received much attention to date. It is therefore the purpose of this paper to investigate the relation of intensification which links the two constituents of the compound against the background of previous research on intensifying compound adjectives and, most importantly, on predicate-intensifier collocations, in order to discuss degree of intensification and underlying pattern of intensification. As will be seen using a preliminary set of examples and lexicographic evidence from previous studies and the Oxford English Dictionary, such compounds achieve intensification for the extremely high and absolute degree (snow-white, all-red) chiefly via semantic-feature copying (snow-soft), or are motivated via direct or indirect comparison (snow white, blind drunk).

Intensification in English [N-A]A and [A-A]A compounds / Cacchiani, Silvia. - STAMPA. - (2008), pp. 183-190. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 27ème Colloque International sur le Lexique et la Grammaire tenutosi a L'Aquila, Italie nel 10-13 Septembre 2008.

Intensification in English [N-A]A and [A-A]A compounds

CACCHIANI, Silvia
2008

Abstract

Of all the possible vehicles for intensification, adverbial intensifiers in predicate-intensifier collocations (very interesting) and, to a lesser extent, intensifying adjectives in adjective-noun collocations (great fun), are the most widely studied intensifying devices in the relevant literature. By contrast, as far as I am aware, intensifying [N+A]A and [A+A]A compounds have not received much attention to date. It is therefore the purpose of this paper to investigate the relation of intensification which links the two constituents of the compound against the background of previous research on intensifying compound adjectives and, most importantly, on predicate-intensifier collocations, in order to discuss degree of intensification and underlying pattern of intensification. As will be seen using a preliminary set of examples and lexicographic evidence from previous studies and the Oxford English Dictionary, such compounds achieve intensification for the extremely high and absolute degree (snow-white, all-red) chiefly via semantic-feature copying (snow-soft), or are motivated via direct or indirect comparison (snow white, blind drunk).
27ème Colloque International sur le Lexique et la Grammaire
L'Aquila, Italie
10-13 Septembre 2008
183
190
Cacchiani, Silvia
Intensification in English [N-A]A and [A-A]A compounds / Cacchiani, Silvia. - STAMPA. - (2008), pp. 183-190. ((Intervento presentato al convegno 27ème Colloque International sur le Lexique et la Grammaire tenutosi a L'Aquila, Italie nel 10-13 Septembre 2008.
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