Gillian Ramchand and Charles Reiss

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780199247455
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics


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This article provides a road map for the users of this handbook, and integrates the questions each author addresses into the larger debates of the field. An important portion of the handbook is devoted to the question of whether morphology follows the same rules as syntax, closely related to the issue of whether the lexicon exists as a distinct module of grammar with its own primitives and modes of combination. One of the important issues at the syntax–semantics interface concerns the notion of compositionality. The issues concerning the overall model of grammar are also considered. It is not appropriate to argue for any particular position in this introduction, but it is felt that the issues which emerge most forcefully from this collection are the scope and limitation of the syntactic component, and the autonomy of phonology.

Keywords: morphology; syntax; lexicon; semantics; grammar; phonology

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Semantics

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