Compounding and Lexicalism

Heinz Giegerich

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695720
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Compounding and Lexicalism

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The term ‘Lexicalism’ refers to a stage in the evolution of Generative Grammar which began in the early 1970s and succeeded the period usually referred to as that of the ‘Aspects model’ or, at the time, the ‘Standard model’. Lexicalism proposed a return to the traditional modularization of the grammar whereby the morphology and the syntax are held to be distinct not only regarding the nature and ‘size’ of the units that they concatenate, but also regarding the characteristics of the outcomes of such concatenation. This chapter discusses the problem of English compounds, the syntax–lexicon continuum of attribution, attribution and the syntax–lexicon divide, mismatches, and compounding and lexical stratification.

Keywords: lexicon; syntax; attribution; lexical stratification; English compounds

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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