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Raised Possessors and Noun Incorporation in West Greenlandic


van Geenhoven,  Veerle
Language Acquisition Group, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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van Geenhoven, V. (2002). Raised Possessors and Noun Incorporation in West Greenlandic. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory, 20(4), 759-821.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0001-EC5D-E
This paper addresses the question of whether noun incorporation is a syntactically base-generated or a syntactically derived construction. Focusing on so-called 'raised possessors' in West Greenlandic noun incorporating constructions and presenting some new data, I discuss some problems that arise if we use the derivational framework of Bittner and Hale (1996) to analyze them. I show that if we make the predication relations in noun incorporating constructions overt in their syntax and if we adopt a dynamic approach to semantics, a base-generated syntactic input enriched with a coindexation system is all that we need to arrive at an adequate semantic interpretation of these constructions.