Compound Word Formation in Hindi

May 12th, 2015
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Sanskrit, one of the most ancient spoken and written languages in the world and one of the earliest members of the Indo-European language family, is the primary source of Hindi. Hindi, like Sanskrit, is written in the Dev Naagari script, which is common to several other Indian languages as well.

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Compound Word Formation in HindiAbstract:Sanskrit, one of the most ancient spoken and written languages in the world and one of the earliest members of the Indo-European language family, is the primary source of Hindi. Hindi, like Sanskrit, is written in theDev Naagariscript, which is common to several other Indian languages as well. Much of the vocabulary of Hindi comes from Sanskrit. Hindi is spoken as a mother tongue by about 40 percent of the Indian population, mainly in the area known as the Hindi belt. In addition to being the official language of the Indian Union, it is also the official language of the Union Territory of Delhi and the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. Hindi has more than ten variations. This paper aims at exploring the different types of compound words in the Hindi language with ample number of examples for better illustration. Inlinguistics, acompoundis alexeme(less precisely, aword) that consists of more than onestem.Compoundingis theword formationthat creates compound lexemes.CompoundingorWord-compoundingrefers to the faculty and device of language to form new words by combining or putting together old words. The meanings of the words interrelate in such a way that a new meaning comes out which is very different from the meanings of the words in isolation. Compounding is a highly productive word-formation technique in Hindi to form new words from the ex

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