Your ns are numbered! On linking morphemes in Dutch




compounding, linking morphemes, Dutch, bracketing restrictions, number marking, split number


The 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




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.