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The Mental CorpusHow language is represented in the mind$
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John R. Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290802

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199290802.001.0001

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Words and their behaviour

Words and their behaviour

(p.44) 3 Words and their behaviour
The Mental Corpus

John R Taylor

Oxford University Press

The generative model requires that words are assigned to lexical categories and that members of a category are of equal status vis-à‐vis syntactic rules. On the basis of several examples, it is shown, on the contrary, that the distribution of a word cannot be predicted from its membership in a lexical category. Many words have a unique distribution, which has to be learned.

Keywords:   lexical categories, syntactic rules, unique distribution of words, complementation, defective verbs

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