Your ns are numbered! On linking morphemes in Dutch

Paula Fenger, Gísli Harðarson

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The expression of number (#) within the noun phrase has been argued tovary between a high (num) and a low position, which Kramer (2014) associates with n, providing the root with a syntactic category. We argue that Linking Morphemes (L) in Dutch provide new evidence for such a split, and moreover, for a low expression of # in a language that is normally considered to have high #. By taking L to instantiate n, the presence or absence of L can be taken as a diagnostic of the size of non-head elements. Combined with recent work on Germanic compounds (Harðarson2016, De Belder 2017) this makes a prediction about the order of modifiers in Dutch compounds, which we show is borne out
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalProceedings of the Linguistic Society of America
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2018

Other keywords

  • Compounding
  • Linking morphemes
  • Dutch
  • Bracketing restrictions
  • Number marking
  • Hollenska
  • Málvísindi
  • Málmyndunarfræði


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