English imports lots of foreign words. If those words are compound in their original language, do we still consider them compound in English?


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    I wouldn't call chickpea a loan word. Nov 6, 2022 at 14:52
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    The chick part comes from Latin, and the pea part is English. It's the installment plan. Nov 6, 2022 at 15:53
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    Guessing : (1) If the loanword is made of 2 or more "Parts" of which at least 1 is Individually a loanword or a word , then it can be argued that we have a compound word. (2) If none of the "Constituents" of the loanword are loanwords (or words) themselves , then we do not have a compound word.
    – Prem
    Nov 6, 2022 at 15:57
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    Why does it matter if they're compound? Are you interested in some particular facet like hyphenation? We can argue whether individual words are compounds, but they may be compound in one sense and not in another sense.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 6, 2022 at 17:46
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    I would ask this on Linguistics Stack Exchange, seeing as you've had no answers here. :) Nov 8, 2022 at 19:44


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