Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 759–821 | Cite as

Raised Possessors and Noun Incorporation in West Greenlandic

  • Veerle Van Geenhoven


This paper addresses the question of whethernoun incorporation is a syntactically base-generatedor a syntactically derived construction. Focusingon so-called ‘raised possessors’ in West Greenlandicnoun incorporating constructions and presentingsome new data, I discuss some problems thatarise if we use the derivationalframework of Bittner and Hale (1996) toanalyze them. I show that if we make thepredication relations in noun incorporating constructionsovert in their syntax and if we adopta dynamic approach to semantics, a base-generatedsyntactic input enriched with a coindexationsystem is all that we need to arrive at anadequate semantic interpretation of theseconstructions.


Artificial Intelligence Dynamic Approach Semantic Interpretation Noun Incorporation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Veerle Van Geenhoven
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  1. 1.Algemene Taalwetenschap en DialectologieUniversiteit NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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