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The Structure of Words at the Interfaces$
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Heather Newell, Máire Noonan, Glyne Piggott, and Lisa deMena Travis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778264.001.0001

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Adjunction of complex heads inside words

Adjunction of complex heads inside words

A reply to Piggott and Travis (2013)

(p.240) 11 Adjunction of complex heads inside words
The Structure of Words at the Interfaces

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Piggott and Travis (2013) argue that Ojibwe words, despite their flagrant complexity, are complex heads. In order to maintain this analysis, they claim that complex adjuncts inside Ojibwe words must be complex heads formed in a separate workspace before being adjoined to the main structure. This chapter argues that nothing in their argumentation requires these adjuncts to be complex heads. Their analysis in terms of the independent spell-out of adjuncts goes through equally well if these adjuncts are analysed as phrasal elements. Furthermore, it is shown that by analysing Ojibwe words as phrasal units as opposed to complex heads, the theoretical landscape of syntactic theory is cleaner, since the many problems introduced by head movement are eliminated; and greater empirical coverage is achieved, specifically with respect to the scope of preverbs and the complexity of noun incorporation constructions.

Keywords:   Ojibwe, Algonquian, syntax, morphology, incorporation, head movement, phrasal movement, adjunction, scope, phrase structure

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