John M. Anderson

in The Substance of Language Volume II

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199608324
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732041 | DOI:

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This chapter is concerned with the lexicon as an interface between syntax and lexical phonology. Various levels of lexical representations are reflected in different spelling systems. The interface itself may have internal structure at which bracketing into formatives is introduced, morphology. Lexicon and syntax share categorization in terms of unary features and dependency relations between the categories, but in the lexicon the categories do not come to be linearized. The syntactic representations introduced in volume I of the trilogy are briefly reintroduced, and there is a preliminary account of the phonological structure employed in Volume III. Lexicon again shares the phonological categories of the phonology, but these are only partially ordered and structured. The crucial role of the paradigm in what follows is emphasized.

Keywords: lexical interface; spelling systems; unary features; dependency; linearization; paradigm

Chapter.  8047 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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