Compound Nouns in Specialised Language: A Cognitive Linguistic Perspective on English and Bulgarian Tourism Terms


Series: Languages and Linguistics
BISAC: LAN024000
DOI: 10.52305/JBIK8876

Compounds have logically attracted the unfailing interest of linguists because they are forms that combine two or more parts into a semantic whole without any grammatical indication as to their relation or the manner in which it has occurred. The dynamic nature of frames and their elements makes them particularly suitable for the description of the intriguing semantics of compounds and related structures.

In this book, the meaning construction of English and Bulgarian compound nouns in the language of tourism and hospitality is explored from the perspective of frame semantics and the theories of constructions, schemas, semantic niches, metaphor and metonymy. A new model of analysis is proposed: a model of inter-frame interaction, with two sub-models, of vertical and horizontal interaction. The effect of the type and scope of reference of the compound components is discussed and illustrated both with frames and with relation-thing clines where compounds are arranged depending on the predominant relational or object-specific characteristics in their semantics.

The division of the compounds into onomasiological categories facilitates their comparative analysis and highlights the salient contiguity relations that give rise to the members of each category. The patterns of their formation are generalised under schemas of different degrees of abstraction. The frequency of instantiation of these schemas leads to conclusions about the predominant elements in the semantics of the constructions and the productivity of particular patterns.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Theoretical Grounds of the Study

Chapter 3. Cognitive Modelling of the Compounds in the Corpus Studied

Chapter 4. Final Discussion


“In a logical and readable style, this book introduces readers both to the fundamentals of compounding in different theoretical frameworks and to the basic concepts and methods in cognitive linguistics. The new complex and dynamic model of analysis successfully illustrates the parallels between English and Bulgarian constructions and the intriguing development of language in a particular area of knowledge. This book will be appreciated and sought after by students and lecturers alike.” Associate Professor Svetla Pacheva-Karabova, PhD, Medical University, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

“The book is comprehensive enough for the serious linguist, but highly informative for the student and teacher as well. It will prove invaluable in the formation of the specialised language skills needed by tourism and hospitality professionals in a global context.” Professor Asen Konarev, DSc (Econ), Lecturer in undergraduate and postgraduate programs


Linguists doing research in cognitive linguistics, frame semantics, terminology.
University students in Linguistics or Tourism programs.
University lecturers in Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes or Tourism.
High school teachers of English for Specific Purposes, Tourism and Hospitality.


compound nouns, frame semantics, tourism terms

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