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Recursion is a process or result of elements recurring in a structure. Recursion allows structure to become of unbounded length.
Compounding in English is recursive as is shown by the examples in (i): the concatenation of nouns can go on forever.
(i) film society > student film society > student film society committee > student film society committee scandal > student film society committee scandal inquiry > etc.
- Chomsky, N. 1957. Syntactic structures, Mouton, The Hague.
- Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory, Blackwell, Oxford.