Arabic Synthetic Compounds

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Language and Linguistics
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This paper discusses some data of ASC in which regular plural inflection is included inside compounds. These data pose problems to Kiparsky’s level-ordering lexical morphology model (1982) and Li’s generalization on verb incorporation (1990). I argue that ASC is lexically formed based on some pieces of evidence. To support the analysis, I compare the compounds and the construct state constructions in Arabic and Hebrew. Then I show that the lexical analysis explains the morphological, syntactic properties, and the semantics of ASC. More specifically, I explain how the lexical analysis applies to theta-role assignment inside the compound and then discuss the number specification of the non-head in the compound of Arabic and English.