Grammatikseminarium - Irene Lami (Lund University): Not all nouns are equal: right-headed deverbal compounds in Italian and Spanish

11 april 2024 13:15 till 15:00 Seminarium

In this study, two compounding structures in Spanish and Italian are described that have been defined as consisting of a noun and a predicate, where the former has been argued to be interpreted as an argument of the latter: the VN structure (It. lavapiatti ~ Sp. lavaplatos 'dish washer') and the NV structure (It. videosorveglianza ~ Sp. videovigilancia 'video surveillance'). It is shown that the differences between the two types of compounds are larger than previously noted, and are not simply restricted to the position of the head. It is argued that the differences are due to the nominal part of VN compounds having more internal complexity than the apparently equivalent member of NV compounds: the first is an individualised noun in an argument position and the second is a predicate adjoined to the compound head.

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11 april 2024 13:15 till 15:00

SOL: A333

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