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11 The Teacher  1 (155) 2018 ELT              Deak Kirkham Deak loves languages with a passion that can only be described as Dionysian. His current linguo-distractions include role and reference grammar, constructed languages and second language interactional competence. Monday to Friday, he is employed by the University of Leeds in the chilly north of England.              A pedagogy of English compounding (Part 3) Deak Kirkham Recapitulation In the first two parts of this article, extensive discussion was provided of aspects of the linguistics of noun-noun compounding in English. Moving from the observation that compounds such as ‘warlord’ and ‘coffee cup’ are not only highly frequent in English, but that they also exhibit various abstract semantic and syntactic properties, a set of receptive and productive activities was suggested to enable them to be more broadly and systematically taught in the classroom. In this third and fourth part of what may be considered the same article, discussion moves to the morphologically more complex structures of adjective compounds. 3. Compound adjectives 3.1. Classifying the phenomenon To exemplify the compound adjective, we turn to none other than Shania Twain who informs her listeners in her song ‘Any man of mine’ that her ideal type would be, among other things, the following: He’s gotta be a heartbeatin’, fine treatin’, breathtakin’, earthquakin’ kind The four bolded words will be considered here to be compound adjectives. They are adjectival in the sense that their core function is to modify a head noun, here it is ‘kind’ (i.e. ‘kind of man’), and in this sense, they occur in a standard position: immediately pre-nominally. They are compounds in the same sense that ‘singer songwriter’ is an agentive noun compound: two word-like elements are combined to form a word. Shania’s compound adjectives have a similar internal form. There is an ‘-ing’ participial verb attached to a noun. But as with the noun- noun compounds, despite an identical formal pattern, the semantics that attain between the two elements of the compound are not identical. If we paraphrase the ‘kind [of man]’ Shania claims to be looking for we find the following. He should be the kind who: ❯❯❯

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