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Lecture | Com(parative) Syn(tax) Series

Dutch primary compounding: Towards a new inventory

Thursday 17 November 2022
Com(parative) Syn(tax) Series
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

I present an overview of my work on Dutch primary compounding. I show that there are three basic types, which are defined by a different syntax for the compound’s left-hand part (i.e. the non-head): there are bare roots as non-heads, roots which are nominalized by means of a nominal class marker and roots which incorporate into a D-layer, resulting in referential semantics for the non-head, which I argue is an option. I argue that the following facts are captured by the proposal: the distribution of so-called linking elements, the resemblance between linking elements and plural markers and ‘erroneous reference’ in Dutch. The proposal also brings the morphosyntax of Dutch NN compounding closer to what is known on NV incorporation (see Baker 1988).

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