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The dictionary and the grammar book: the generative model of linguistic knowledge

John R Taylor

in The Mental Corpus

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199290802
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290802.003.0002
The dictionary and the grammar book: the generative model of linguistic knowledge

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Presents and critically examines the view that knowledge of a language can partitioned into a mental lexicon (which lists the words) and a syntax (which lists the rules for combining the words). Contrary to the entailments of the model, rules may have only limited applicability, and full compositionality is rare.

Keywords: generative grammar; lexicon; syntax; rule recursion; grammaticality; status of linguistic data; syntactic constructions; polysemy; compositionality

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Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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