Compounds & other word formations

Principal investigators: Tore Nesset and Svetlana Sokolova

Project title: Compounds and other word-formation wonders

Summary of the project:

While Norwegian and other Germanic languages use compounds abundantly, compounding enjoys a somewhat less role in Russian word-formation. Therefore, Norwegian compounds often correspond to other constructions in Russian: bilselger = продавец машин (genitive construction) and gullring = золотое кольцо (relative adjective construction). This project investigates the relationship between Norwegian compounds and corresponding constructions in Russian, as well as ongoing developments of the relevant word-formation patterns in present day Russian.

Project duration: 2014 – present


In 2017-2018, Svetlana Sokolova was a collaborator on the grant: Native and borrowed formants and patterns in Russian word-formation against the Slavic background: semantic relations, types of interaction, stylistic potential. Russian Foundation for Basic Research, Department for Humanities and Social Sciences (2130/17-04-00532)

Key publications:

Nesset, Tore; Sokolova, Svetlana. Compounds and culture: Conceptual blending in Norwegian and Russian. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 2019; Volum 17 (1). ISSN 1877-9751.s 257 – 274.s doi:

Nesset, Tore. When a single word is enough: Norwegian compounds and their Russian counterparts. Slovo. Journal of Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures 2018; Volum 59. ISSN 0348-744X.s 61 – 72.

Nesset, Tore. How to Translate Compounds into Russian? Scando-Slavica 2018; Volum 64 (2). ISSN 0080-6765.s 242 – 263.s doi: 1080/00806765.2018.1525319.

Nesset, Tore. Metakonstruksjonssammensetninger. Maal og Minne 2018. ISSN 0024-855X.s 139 – 164. Available on MUNIN:

Nesset, Tore. Why Compounds? Slavica Publishers 2017 ISBN 978-0-89357-478-9.s 161 – 172.

Nesset, Tore. Spøkelsesfiske, makrellfotball og traktoregg: norske sammensetninger og konseptuell integrasjon. Maal og Minne 2016 (2). ISSN 0024-855X.s 85 – 110.

Sokolova, Svetlana; Edberg, Bjørg Helene. Čto takoe “valjut-rynok”? Xarakteristika imennyx kompositov v russkom jazyke po resultatam korpusa i èksperimenta. (What is “valjut-rynok”? Characteristics of Russian nominal composites based on the results of a corpus and experimental study). 2016 ISBN 978-5-7525-3118-7.s 178 – 186.

Edberg, Bjørg Helene. Аналитические прилагательные и аналитизм в современном русском языке. Master Thesis, UiT, 2014.

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