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This paper is concerned with the compositionality of deverbal compounds such as budget assessment in English. We present an interdisciplinary study on how the morphosyntactic properties of the deverbal noun head (e.g., assessment) can pre- dict the interpretation of the compound, as mediated by the syntactic-semantic relationship between the non-head (e.g., budget) and the head. We start with Grim- shaw's (1990) observation that deverbal nouns are ambiguous between composi- tionally interpreteddoi:10.5281/zenodo.3598557 fatcat:7la5k6pykngvdlutle22am52si