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Word-formation in Faroese is achieved by means of composition and derivation. Affixes are inherited from Old Norse but, due to intense language contact with Danish forcenturies, many derivational affixes are borrowed from Danish. There are two kinds of composition: stem/root compounds and compounds with a linking element. The latter is based in most cases on the historical genitive. In addition, the lexicon of Faroese can also be increased by neologisms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWord-Formation
Subtitle of host publicationan international handbook of the languages of Europe
EditorsPeter O. Müller, Ingeborg Ohnheiser, Susan Olsen, Franz Rainer
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameHandbücher zur sprach- und Kommunikationwissenschaft
Volume 40.1, 40.2, 40.3, 40.4


  • Faroese
  • morphology
  • derivation
  • compounding


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