The Missing Text Phenomenon, Again: the case of Compound Nominals

Note: The literature on ‘compound nominals’ is immense, and you will find the same phenomenon (which we will describe shortly) discussed under the label ‘compound nominals’ or ‘nominal compounds’. To decide which one to use here I consulted Google. The phrase ‘nominal compounds’ resulted in 21,900,000 results while the phrase ‘compound nominals’ resulted in 44,200,000 results