Dumping Lexicalism

Edwin Williams

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Interfaces

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Dumping Lexicalism

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This article argues that the syntax of the word is distinct and informationally encapsulated from the syntax of phrases, and that this is responsible for a series of basic and robust effects. It also provides a careful criticism of the assumptions and analyses of a particular version of the Distributed Morphology view, showing that they cannot actually avoid the distinction between word-level and phrase-level syntax. Lexical Hypothesis suggests that the system of words in a language is independent of the system of phrases in a language in a particular way. The arguments against the Lexical Hypothesis consist in showing that there is some slippage between the different notions of word. The clitic/affix distinction under this hypothesis is addressed.

Keywords: dumping lexicalism; Lexical Hypothesis; Distributed Morphology; syntax; language

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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