Phrasal Compounds And The Morphology-Syntax Relation

Jürgen Pafel
2017 Zenodo  
Phrasal compounds are not an entirely uniform domain: it is necessary to dis- tinguish between four different types of phrasal compounds. I will discuss their characteristics and the distinct analytical challenges. Only one type – the ›gen- uine‹ phrasal compounds with the non-head corresponding to a non-quotative well-formed syntactic phrase – poses a special problem for the morphology-syntax relation. There are three options for generating ›genuine‹ phrasal compounds: Merge, Insertion, and
more » ... , Insertion, and Conversion. I will argue that Conversion is the most suitable option. The analysis of phrasal compounds will suggest a symmetrical relation be- tween word and phrase formation (phrases can be built on the basis of words and words on the basis of phrases) and a ›parallel‹ view of morphological and syntactic structure as fully separate structures with distinct properties.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.896369 fatcat:vdn2jeehobci5n7oyq77gzlld4