Edited by Sergio Scalise and Irene Vogel
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 311] 2010
► pp. 127–144
On the lexical semantics of compounds
Non-affixal (de)verbal compounds
In this chapter I identify a type of compounding in English which I call non-affixal (de)verbal compounds in which one element of the compound is a noun and the other either a verb (attack dog) or a noun derived from a verb (dog attack). Unlike synthetic and root compounds in English, this type of compound has received very little attention, although it exhibits interesting properties. I illustrate that unlike typical synthetic compounds, non-affixal (de)verbal compounds show a propensity for subject-oriented interpretations, and I argue that this propensity follows from an analysis based within the framework of Lieber (2004, 2006, 2009).
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