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Structuring Sense Volume IIn Name Only$
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Hagit Borer

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263905.001.0001

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Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts

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Structuring Sense Volume I

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the architecture of grammar. It shows that functional structures are headed by categorically labelled open values which must be assigned range by the appropriate operator. The functional lexicon of each language makes available an array of range assigners for specified open values. Such range assigners come primarily in two varieties: f-morphs — independent morphemes, which are linked with a phonological index — and abstract head features. Two modes of indirect range-assignment are possible (i.e., range by elements which are not specified, in the functional lexicon, as range assigners for a particular open value). One involves range assignment by an adverb of quantification or a discourse operator; the second involves specifier-head agreement. The notion of ‘head’, ordering within the L-D, and inflection are then discussed. An overview of the succeeding chapters is presented.

Keywords:   grammar, functional structures, language, f-morphs, head, indirect assignment, inflection

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