Exocentricity in Compounding

Sergio Scalise, Antonio Fábregas, Francesca Forza
2009 Journal of the Linguistic Society of Japan  
Th e identifi cation of a compound as endocentric or exocentric depends on the notion of head: if a compound has a head (or two), it is called endocentric; if it has no head, it is called exocentric. Exocentricity, however, has been usually assumed as a unitary notion, exactly because the notion of head has been generally interpreted as a unitary notion. In this paper we will fi rst provide typologically based data on the dimension and limits of exocentricity, and then we will argue that the
more » ... ion of head can be split into three diff erent subparts: categorial head, semantic head and morphological head. Correspondingly, the notion of exocentricity can be split into categorial exocentricity, semantic exocentricity and morphological exocentricity. Our approach, based on features of the constituents and not on constituents as a whole, will hopefully provide a new analysis of exocentricity in compounding.*
doi:10.11435/gengo.135.0_49 fatcat:oi4afjvms5cgxddp6ezmixok3m