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Your ns are numbered! On linking morphemes in Dutch

Your ns are numbered! On linking morphemes in Dutch

Title: Your ns are numbered! On linking morphemes in Dutch
Author: Fenger, Paula
Harðarson, Gísli   orcid.org/0000-0003-4136-5869
Date: 2018-03-03
Language: English
Scope: 1-15
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Hugvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Humanities (UI)
Department: Mála- og menningardeild (HÍ)
Faculty of Languages and Cultures (UI)
Series: Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America;3(1)
ISSN: 2473-8689
DOI: 10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4313
Subject: Compounding; Linking morphemes; Dutch; Bracketing restrictions; Number marking; Hollenska; Málvísindi; Málmyndunarfræði
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1935

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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


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