Compounding in Distributed Morphology

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This chapter takes a purely syntactic approach to compounding, within the framework of Distributed Morphology (DM), treating compounding as a species of syntactic incorporation. First, it briefly reviews the structure of the DM framework, with attention to the status of inflectional, derivational, and Root morphemes within it. The chapter then considers the implications of the theory for various familiar forms of English compounding, including synthetic argument compounds, synthetic modifier compounds, primary ('root') compounds, and phrasal compounds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Compounding
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743566
ISBN (Print)9780199695720
StatePublished - Sep 18 2012


  • English compounding
  • Morphemes
  • Phrasal compounds
  • Primary compounds
  • Syntactic incorporation
  • Synthetic argument compounds
  • Synthetic modifier compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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