International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Cognitive-Pragmatic Approach to the Meaning of New Compound Nouns in English
Yulia Vorobeva, PhD

This article aims to investigate how the meaning of new compound words can be activated applying conceptual integration approach on the one hand and relevance principle on the other. The principles of compositionality theory proved to be inactive while analyzing the meaning of new compounds. It is stressed that meaning activation is a cognitive operation which takes place by means of inference strategies. It is underlined that during meaning activation certain mental space configurations are preferred over others due to a relevance principle that triggers this process.

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