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Phrasal compounds are compatible with Lexical Integrity

Jürgen Pafel


As phrasal compounds seem to be words that contain syntactic phrases they are a prominent case against the strict separation of morphology from syntax. However, it is not obvious at all that phrasal compounds do contain syntactic phrases. First, as for phrasal compounds whose non-head constituent is a quote, there is every reason to assume that they are NN compounds – whether or not the quote is the quote of a phrase. Second, taking the different types of phrasal compounds into account it is justified to assume that they do not contain syntactic phrases if one acknowledges phrase-to-word conversion.


I am indebted to Carola Trips and Jörg Meibauer for their critical comments, which gave me the opportunity to carry things a fine step forward.


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