Your ns are numbered! On linking morphemes in Dutch
Keywords:compounding, linking morphemes, Dutch, bracketing restrictions, number marking, split number
AbstractThe expression of number (#) within the noun phrase has been argued to vary 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 (Harðarson 2016, 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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How to Cite
Fenger, Paula, and Gísli Rúnar Harðarson. 2018. “Your Ns Are Numbered! On Linking Morphemes in Dutch”. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America 3 (1): 26:1–15. https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v3i1.4313.