6.6.3 Simultaneous Compounds

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Simultaneous Compounds


There are two main types of compounds in BSL - those that combine two signssequentially, often creating an abstract new meaning (and often using arbitrary signs), and those that combine two signssimultaneously, often creating a more visually motivated sign.

Sequential BSL compounds (e.g. SAY+SORRY=FORGIVE or THINK+TRUE=BELIEVE) are often creations that have come in some way from a wish to represent a concept used in English. Also many compounds borrowed from English by loan translation are sequential compounds because they are sequential in English.

Simultaneous compounds such as PLANE+ROCKET=SPACE-SHUTTLE or PHONE+TYPE=MINICOM are more often visual creations.


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