Semantic headedness and categorization of -<i>cum</i>- compounds

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Compounds such as <i>actress-cum-model, pub-cum-hotel</i> or <i>military-cum-religious</i> represent mainly an alternative construction to coordinative compounds of the <i>singer-songwriter</i> type. Although most of them are double-headed, some can show semantic left-headedness. We have detected six main semantic groups out of a corpus of 300 types of -<i>cum</i>- nominal compounds. They correspond, in descending order of frequency, to people&#8217;s professional or leisure activities; buildings, rooms, and other places; literary and audio-visual genres; pieces of furniture, clothes, and other objects; abstract nouns; and toponyms, and anthroponyms. Under the heading &#8220;People&#8221;, we consider two main subheadings: team-sports players and antonymous occupations or functions.


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