The linking element and Swedish complex nominal compounds Public Deposited

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  • Gilbert, Jeffrey Kline
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics
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  • This thesis investigates the linking element that sometimes appears in Swedish compounds made up of three noun stems, also called complex nominal compounds. I present a comprehensive analysis of Swedish compounding and the nature of the linking element, and then argue that the appearance of the linking element, typically -s-, in complex nominal compounds is predictable. This thesis proposes that the linking element is a marker of a particular syntactic structure, and thereby a particular linear ordering of the nouns inside a complex compound. Two previous syntactic proposals (Josefsson, 1998; Mukai, 2008) for the linking element and Swedish complex compounds are discussed, and I argue that these proposals are partly problematic due to their application of Kayne's (1994) antisymmetry theory of syntax. I discuss Kayne's antisymmetry theory, with its restrictions to asymmetric c-command, and offer a solution to the problem found in the previous proposals. I contend that antisymmetry theory can account for both the subword structure and linearization of Swedish complex nominal compounds with and without the linking element.
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  • Hendrick, Randall
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2012
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