Edwin Williams

in The Theta System

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739200 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics


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Head Raising and Affix Hopping are combined into one parameterized operation, Combine, which subsumes Merge as well, and the boundary between syntax and morphosyntax is dissolved. Mirroring of semantics in (morpho)syntax is shown to be relative to the parameters of Combine. Analyses are provided for “bracketing paradoxes” in morphology and operations on theta structure in syntax.

Keywords: head raising; affix hopping; combine; derivational morphology; morphosyntax

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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