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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.
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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.
The patterns under discussion include polysynthesis, complementation, relativisation, parataxis and switch reference.
They discuss such topics as the polysemy of over in late Middle English verb-particle combinations, word order in West Saxon prose, and information structure and polysynthesis.