A Spanning Account of Denominals in English and Romanian

in Towards a Theory of Denominals
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Abstract

In Chapter 4, I present spanning, a version of Distributed Morphology where Spell-Out recognizes spans rather than terminal nodes like DM does or phrasal nodes like nanosyntax does. Some of the main tenets underlying spanning are: the definition of spans as complement sequence of heads in a single extended projection (Svenonius 2012, 2014, 2016), the idea of elimination of redundant labels (using X both for X0 and XP) and Brody’s (2000) Mirror Theory and direct linearization mechanism. I put forth a spanning account of denominal verbs couched in first-phase syntax (Ramchand 2008). I put forth a spanning derivation for the verbs dance, corral with or without silent items, storing both the noun and the verb or only the noun (and the verbalizer, if it is the case), discussing the advantages and disadvantages in either case and possible extensions to verbs in Romanian. I conclude that the most elegant and crosslinguistically adequate solution is a spanning account with no silent items in the internal make-up of the denominal, where the noun and the verbalizer (but not the verb) are stored.