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Words and their behaviour

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/9780199290802.003.0003
Words and their behaviour

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The generative model requires that words are assigned to lexical categories and that members of a category are of equal status vis-à‐vis syntactic rules. On the basis of several examples, it is shown, on the contrary, that the distribution of a word cannot be predicted from its membership in a lexical category. Many words have a unique distribution, which has to be learned.

Keywords: lexical categories; syntactic rules; unique distribution of words; complementation; defective verbs

Chapter.  11066 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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