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Incorporation and Complex Predication in Persian

Fatemeh Nemati


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This study deals with the nature of N+V sequences in Persian and suggests a sub-classification of these sequences into Noun Incorporation and Complex Predication. This classification is grounded in the lexical and phrasal properties of the nouns involved in these sequences. Noun Incorporation cases are analyzed in terms of head-adjunction of the non-projecting Noun at the level of C-structure (Toivonen, 2001). Complex Predication is dealt with in terms of the predicate composition proposed in Butt (1995, 1997) and Alsina (1997), along with some adaptations from Pustejovsky's (1995) theory of generative lexicon.

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