Further investigations into the nature of phrasal compounding

Carola Trips   Jaklin Kornfilt  


This collection of papers on phrasal compounding is part of a bigger project whose aims are twofold: First, it seeks to broaden the typological perspective by providing data for as many different languages as possible to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon itself. Second, based on these data which clearly show interaction between syntax and morphology it aims to discuss theoretical models which deal with this kind of interaction in different ways. Models like Generative Grammar assume components of grammar and a clear-cut distinction between the lexicon (often including morphology) and grammar. Other models, like construction grammar, do not assume such components and are rather based on a lexicon including constructs. A comparison of these models on the basis of this phenomenon on the morphology-syntax interface makes it possible to assess their descriptive and explanatory power.


  • Further insights into phrasal compounding
    Carola Trips, Jaklin Kornfilt
  • Phrasal compounds in Modern Icelandic with reference to Icelandic word formation in general
    Kristín Bjarnadóttir
  • Compounding in Polish and the absence of phrasal compounding
    Bogdan Szymanek
  • On a subclass of nominal compounds in Bulgarian
    The nature of phrasal compounds
    Alexandra Bagasheva
  • Modeling the properties of German phrasal compounds within a usage-based constructional approach
    Katrin Hein
  • Phrasal compounds in Japanese
    Kunio Nishiyama
  • Copying compound structures
    The case of Pharasiot Greek
    Metin Bağrıaçık, Aslı Göksel, Angela Ralli
  • Phrasal compounds and the morphology-syntax relation
    Jürgen Pafel
Carola Trips, University of Mannheim

Carola Trips is professor of English linguistics at the University of Mannheim. She received her PhD from the University of Stuttgart in 2001. Her main research interests have been synchronic and diachronic syntax and morphology, linguistic theory, language contact and lexical semantics. She is the author of a number of articles on these topics and of the following books: From OV to VO in Early Middle English (Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins, 2002), and Lexical semantics and diachronic morphology: The development of -hood, -dom, and -ship in the history of English (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2009). She has also co-edited (with Eric Fuß) Diachronic clues to synchronic grammar (Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins, 2004), (with Eric Fuß) a special issue of STUF (Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung): Morphological blocking and linguistic variation: a typological perspective (Akademie Verlag, Berlin, 2009), (with Jaklin Kornfilt) a special issue of STUF (Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung): Phrasal compounds from a typological and theoretical perspective; 2015; Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton.

Jaklin Kornfilt, Syracuse University

Jaklin Kornfilt is professor of linguistics at Syracuse University. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1984. She specializes in syntactic theory, theoretically informed linguistic typology, and the syntax—morphology interface, with special emphasis on the syntax and morphology of Turkish and of the Turkic languages. Her research interests extend to German and the Germanic languages, as well. She has published a descriptive reference grammar of Turkish (Turkish Grammar, 1997, London: Routledge), and she is currently involved in a theoretically focused project on the syntax of Turkish. She has co-edited (with B. Lust and G. Hermon) volume 2 of Syntactic Theory and First Language Acquisition (1994; Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum). She has also co-edited: (With J. Whitman) a special issue of Lingua (Studies in Syntactic Nominalization; 2011; Amsterdam: Elsevier), and (with C. Trips) a special issue of STUF (Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung): Phrasal compounds from a typological and theoretical perspective; 2015; Berlin: De Gruyter/Mouton. Her articles have included topics on historical syntax, binding, relativization, word order, nominalization, and first language acquisition.

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