An Overview of Various Approaches to Denominal Verbs

in Towards a Theory of Denominals
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Abstract

I present various accounts of denominal verbs: syntactic approaches such as Hale & Keyser (1993, 2002)’s lexical syntax, Mateu’s (2002) semantico-syntactic approach or Ramchand’s (2008) first-phase syntax, as well as morphological approaches such as distributed morphology (Morris & Marantz 1993, 1994, Marantz 1997, Morris 1997) or nanosyntax (Starke 2009, Pantcheva 2011). I focus on the most important concepts in each theory (e.g. incorporation/ conflation for l-syntax, fusion for DM, phrasal spell-out for nanosyntax, to name just a few), trying to explain how recourse to such theoretical tools helps account for denominal verb formation and behaviour, but also what problems it generates.