Syntax interaction in the derivation of nominal compounds in Yorùbá
This work examined the internal structure of
morphologically complex nouns in the Yorùbá
language. These nouns were categorized into endocentric compounds and
exocentric compounds. Endocentric compounds were derived through the
combination of a noun or a nominal prefix with other categories such as
nouns, adjective, verbs and verb phrases. Exocentric nominal compounds were
formed through the desententialization of various
sentences in the language. We adopted the weak lexicalist
hypothesis (WLH), which allowed recursion from syntax to morphology, for our
analysis because the derivations of these nominal compounds involved the
interaction of both syntactic and morphological components.
endocentric, nominalizer, exocentric, desententialization, derivation.