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The Syntax of Roots and the Roots of Syntax

Artemis Alexiadou, Hagit Borer, and Florian Schäfer


This volume brings together chapters that discuss the nature of roots, the core elements of word meaning. It looks not only at their syntax, but also their phonology, semantics, and morpho-phonological role (or lack thereof), insofar as these do turn out to bear on their interaction with syntax. To what degree these roots carry syntactic and/or semantic information has been the subject of much research. Some of the key questions which this book looks to address are: Do roots have any meaning at all in isolation, or is all meaning associated with constituents larger than roots? If the root has ... More

Keywords: roots, syntax, semantics, syntactic category, morphology, phonology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Artemis Alexiadou, editor
Institute of English Linguistics, University of Stuttgart

Hagit Borer, editor
Queen Mary, University of London

Florian Schäfer, editor
Department of Linguistics, University of Stuttgart

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1 Introduction

Artemis Alexiadou, Hagit Borer, Florian Schäfer

2 From syntax to roots

Víctor Acedo–Matellán and Jaume Mateu

5 Domains within words and their meanings

Elena Anagnostopoulou and Yota Samioti

7 On a low and a high diminutive

Marijke de Belder, Noam Faust, and Nicola Lampitelli

9 Roots and phases

Ángel J. Gallego

12 Building scalar changes

Malka Rappaport Hovav

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