Oye Taiwo

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.