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1. Of or relating to a group of syntactically related words, at least one of which is functionally equivalent to the function of the whole group. For example, the noun table in the noun phrase the old table is endocentric because it has the same grammatical function as the whole noun phrase.
2. Of or relating to a compound word whose referent is the same as the referent of one of its constituent parts. For example, the noun blackboard is endocentric in that it refers to a type of board.
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(Grammar) grammar (of a construction) fulfilling the grammatical role of one of its constituents; as in three blind mice, where the whole noun phrase fulfils the same role as its head noun mice. Compare exocentric
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(ˌɛn doʊˈsɛn trɪk)

(of a construction or compound) having the same syntactic function in a sentence as its chief constituent, as cold water, which functions as would the noun water. Compare exocentric.
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Adj.1.endocentric - fulfilling the grammatical role of one of its constituents; "when `three blind mice' serves as a noun it is an endocentric construction"
grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
exocentric - not fulfilling the same grammatical role of any of its constituents; "when `until last Easter' serves as an adverb it is an exocentric construction"
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My interest here is exclusively with right-headed modifying or endocentric compounds having two constituents, [C.sub.1] and [C.sub.2], where [C.sub.1] is a modifier and [C.sub.2] the head.
The same is true, of course, for the public space, which is often homophobic, endocentric and violent (Binnie 1997; Bell and Valentine 1995; Valentine 2000).
replaced with a new endocentric economic system that is based on African development capacitation, resource-based industrialization and domestic prosperity generation, Africa cannot achieve the objectives of Agenda 2063."
(iii) Endocentric (from center to periphery): could mimic pick hour in the evening
Postmodern feminists therefore combined a criticism to an endocentric subject of modernity with an emphasis on partial, fragmented identities mediated by highly technological and virtual scenarios.
Even though endocentric nominal compounds in Igala generally obey Left-Hand head rule (N1 as head), synthetic compounds in Igala, it has been observed, exhibit the possibility for either Left-Hand head position or Right-Hand head position.
Keywords: infix endocentric formation compound genitive particle.
Existing accounts of the restrictions on middles have also been exceedingly endocentric. They search for solutions by looking exclusively into the internal structure of middles and disregard the possibility that syntax-external factors might also have something to say about the characteristics of the construction and about what a middle sentence can or cannot be.
These schemas can combine mutually and instantiate the two major types of morphological constructions of language-generic nature advanced in this work: endocentric and exocentric constructions.
This procedure of observing artworks must somehow be built on an amalgamation in language of meaningful sounds and sound sequences, corresponding to morphemes, words, word combinations, sentences, paragraphs, and other endocentric and exocentric elements of verbal language, thus enabling their mutual transcodification into the metaphorical similarity of iconic and indexical "engineering" of artistic expressions.
Hittite has a few endocentric determinative compounds, tatpurusaa and karmadharayas (e.g., pappaneknes 'brothers having the same father' from pappa 'father' + negna- 'brother"; tuzziyasessar 'settlement of an army' from tuzzi 'army' + asessar 'settlement' (5)), but even under the assumption that hant- (as nomen regens) is used in its lexical meaning 'forehead, front', the meaning 'into the forehead/front of the face' simply does not make a lot of sense.
In the terminology of LSW conversion is an endocentric morphological construction, given that the categorial feature is projected from the Nucleus and cannot percolate from lexical arguments showing up in Argument or Periphery position.