Compounding in Romance and English

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In this paper, based on Bisetto &#38; Scalise&#8217;s (2005) classification of compounds, I discuss the variation between English and Romanian and Spanish in endocentric subordinate compounds, where the constituents are linked by complement-head relations. I argue that in this type of compounding, the different strategies employed by various languages are only Case-related, i.e. the Case of the complement can be checked by incorporation in English, <i>de</i>-insertion in Romance or Th(ematic) relational adjectives in Romance and English. However, <i>de </i>phrases and Th-adjectives differ with respect to the checking of Genitive Case. In the absence of <i>de </i>last resort insertion, Th-adjectives check the Genitive Case only nP internally, as a full Gen DP which is in long distance Agree with AgrP.


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