Compound Verbs in Yoruba
Compounding is a productive morphosyntactic process in Yorùbá.
Many Yorùbá words – verbs, nouns,
prepositions and adjectives - are derived through this process.
This paper examines verbs that are so derived. The weak
lexicalist hypothesis (WLH), as opposed to the strong model,
accepts that some words could be syntactically derived.
(Pulleyblank and Akinlabi, 1988) version of the WLH modifies the
model to allow recursion from syntax to morphology. We adopt this
version for our analysis. The work discusses the levels of
derivation of the compound verbs and the implications for
subcategorization of verbs. We identify the types of compound
verbs so derived and the various syntactic categories that take
part in these derivations.