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Abstract

In Chapter 1, I evaluate the theoretical anchoring of various definitions of denominal verbs present in the literature: as verbs that incorporate nouns in Hale & Keyser (2002), as verbs that can be paraphrased using nouns in Clark & Clark (1979), or as verbs derived from (nominal) roots in Distributed Morphology (Marantz 1997). I support the view that denominal verbs have a complex internal structure involving nominal roots/ nouns by looking at evidence from the semantic role of the root (Levinson 2007), pseudoresultatives in Romanian, adverbials acting over l-syntactic structures in Italian and the reinterpretation of proper names within denominals.