Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0929-7332
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9919



There are three ways of deriving verbs in Dutch: through zero marking, through suffixation, and through prefixation. We focus on prefixed deadjectival verbs, contrasting two views. According to the first view, prefixed verbs are left-headed: the prefix is responsible for the change in category, i.e. [ ver [ breed]]. The second view holds that prefixed verbs are right-headed, and involve a zero verbalizing suffix, i.e. [ ver [ [ breed] ∅]]. We argue in this paper for a mixed, nanosyntactic, approach. We adopt Ramchand’s (2008) decomposition of the verb and argue that the prefix spells out part of the verbal structure and the verbal root spells out another part.

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