Stephen Pepper

Doctoral Research Fellow - Lingvistikk
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Mobile phone 90827246 +47 90827246
Room NT 644
Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0317 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic interests

  • Language typology
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Compounding
  • Language change
  • Second language acquisition

Courses taught



Steve came to linguistics late in life, after careers in the booktrade, printing industry and IT. He was for many years Norway's Head of Delegation to the ISO committee responsible for Document Description Languages, including ISO 8879 (Standard Generalized Markup Language, SGML), and Convenor of the Working Group that developed ISO 13250 (Topic Maps). He completed a BA in Linguistics at the University of Oslo in 2009, an MA in Language Documentation and Description at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2010, and a second MA in Linguistics (with a focus on cross-linguistic influence in second language acquisition) at the University of Oslo in 2012.

PhD Project

The typology of binominal lexemes: Noun-noun compounds and their functional equivalents

This project is a study of noun-noun compounds (e.g. Ger. Eisenbahn) and their functional equivalents (e.g. Fr. chemin de fer, Rus. železnaja doroga) in the languages of the world. An onomasiological approach is adopted and 100 meanings are investigated across a broad spread of 100 languages. The resulting 10,000 data points are used to investigate formal strategies of word-formation, the kinds of semantic relations that pertain between nominal constituents, and correlations with other typological parameters.



Tags: typology, cognitive linguistics, compounding, binominal lexemes


Pepper, Steve. 2016. Windmills, Nizaa and the typology of binominal compounds. In Lívia Körtvélyessy, Pavol Štekauer & Salvador Valera (eds.), Word-formation across languages. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Pepper, Steve. 2011. Ontologies in language documentation. Language Documentation and Description(9). 199–218.

Pepper, Steve. 2002. The TAO of Topic Maps: Finding the Way in the Age of Infoglut. Ontopia.

Goldfarb, Charles F., Steve Pepper & Chet Ensign. 1998. SGML Buyer’s Guide: A Unique Guide to Determining Your Requirements and Choosing the Right SGML and XML Products and Services. Prentice Hall.

Published Apr. 14, 2015 9:40 AM - Last modified Apr. 28, 2019 4:04 PM