On the lexical semantics of compounds

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In this chapter I identify a type of compounding in English which I call <i>non-affixal (de)verbal compounds</i> in which one element of the compound is a noun and the other either a verb (<i>attack dog</i>) or a noun derived from a verb (<i>dog attack</i>). 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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