One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting or being a construction in which the whole has the same syntactic function as the head, for example big black dogs.Contrasted with exocentric
- ‘Since the vast majority of English compounds are endocentric.’
- ‘A useful distinction to be made is that between endocentric and exocentric compounds, the former showing a semantic head, which is not present in the latter.’
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