International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A Contrastive Analysis of Nominal Compounds in German and Igbo Languages
Ezekiel Oludare OLAGUNJU, Are Tajudeen, Abiola

This paper identifies nominal compounds in German and Igbo languages. The German nominal compounds derived from Wolf Haas (Der Brenner und Der Liebe Gott and Igbo nominal compounds sourced from Tony Ubesie’s Juo Obinna are the sources of data for the study. The study examines the morphological structures of nominal compounds in both languages and compares these with a view to identifying the similarities and differences of the nominal compounds in both languages. Using the Contrastive Analysis Theory of Robert Lado, the study revealed that the constituents of both German and Igbo nominal compounds were stems or undeclined word forms. However, while the German nominal compounds exhibited a variety of linkers (or interfixes), the Igbo nominal compounds lack these characteristics. The nominal compounds in Igbo are, however, separated by a gap or they are written together as a word in cases where the constituents of the nominal compounds have weak internal boundaries.

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