<b>The word as a linguistic unit</b>

Geert Booij

in The Grammar of Words

Second edition

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226245
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191710360 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

 The word as a linguistic unit

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This chapter summarizes how the theoretical interpretation of the notion ‘word’ has been developed in this book. A theoretical term is embedded in a network of theoretical distinctions and hypotheses. The ingredients for developing an adequate characterization of the notion ‘word’ are the distinction between lexeme and word-form, the distinction between words and lexical unit/listeme, the proper demarcation of syntax and morphology, the notion of ‘construction’, and the distinction between morphosyntactic, phonological, and orthographic words.

Keywords: prosodic word; morphosyntactic word; orthographic word; lexical integrity

Chapter.  4900 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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