6.6 Compound Signs

English Notes
BSL Video

Compound Signs

Compound signs are made up of free morphemes. Compounds in English have a general rule that the second morpheme carries the basic sense of the compound and the first one modifies it. The following are compounds in English:

teapot, globetrot, chin-up, stir-fry, swear word, white hot, high school, dry-clean, blackout, lighthouse, blackboard, blackbird, tracksuit.

A teapot is a sort of pot for tea, to globe-trot is a sort of trotting that we do around the globe, when we stir-fry, we fry something in a particular way, and so on.

6.61 Example: BSL Compounds

6.62 Sequential Compounds

6.63 Simultaneous Compounds

6.64 Quiz Questions


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