Dvandva

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Dvāndva [ˈdvɑːndvə] is a compound in which there is a simple conjunction of two words, without any further dependency holding between them, so each element could be head.

Examples

  • Austria-Hungary
  • freeze-dry
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • mother-child
  • and possibly, player-coach.

Synonyms

Origin

Dvāndva arose by reduplication of the word dva ‘two’.

Link

Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics

References

  • Trask, Robert Lawrence. 1992. A Dictionary of Grammatical Terms in Linguistics. London: Routledge.