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Argument-linking Principle

MORPHOLOGY: a principle intended to account for the interpretation of synthetic compounds proposed in Lieber (1983). This principle accounts for the fact that the interpretation of the non-head in synthetic compounds such as truck driver and hand-woven - which are assumed to have the morphological structures [[[truck] [drive]] er] and [[[hand] [weave]] en] - is quite restricted. In these synthetic compounds, the non-heads truck and hand must be interpreted as the internal argument of drive, or the argument of weave, respectively.
LIT. Lieber, R. (1983)