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n.1.The act or process of combining many separate elements into a whole.
2.(Philol.) The formation of a word by the combination of several simple words, as in the aboriginal languages of America; agglutination.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Bickel & Nichols (2007) moreover regard the difference between synthesis and polysynthesis to relate to the fact whether verbs in a language allow for noun incorporation (N-V compounding).
In particular, Du Ponceau is credited with both discovering and naming the phenomenon of polysynthesis, whereby certain languages are capable of forming compound words of extraordinary length and complexity that can have the semantic value of an entire sentence.