Oye Taiwo

Morphology Syntax interaction in the derivation of nominal compounds in Yorb

This work examined the internal structure of morphologically complex nouns in the Yorb 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.

Keywords: endocentric, nominalizer, exocentric, desententialization, derivation.