Heidi Harley
In: Oxford Handbook of Compounding, edited by Rochelle Lieber and Pavel Stekauer. Oxford: OUP, pp. 129-144.
Publication year: 2009

This article proposes an account within the framework of Distributed Morphology for English compounding, including synthetic compounds, root (primary) compounds, and phrasal compounds. First a summary of the framework is provided. Then, an analysis is proposed according to which compounds are incorporation structures, where non-head nouns incorporate into the acategorial root of the head noun, prior to its own incorporation into its category-defining n° head.