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Exploring Nanosyntax$
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Lena Baunaz, Liliane Haegeman, Karen De Clercq, and Eric Lander

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190876746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190876746.001.0001

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Notes on Insertion in Distributed Morphology and Nanosyntax

Notes on Insertion in Distributed Morphology and Nanosyntax

(p.57) Chapter 2 Notes on Insertion in Distributed Morphology and Nanosyntax
Exploring Nanosyntax

Pavel Caha

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers two questions that many people ask themselves (or should ask themselves). What is actually the difference between Nanosyntax (NS, Starke, 2009) and Distributed Morphology (DM, Halle and Marantz, 1993)? And which one of them is right? These questions remain as important now as they were some 15 years ago, when Michal Starke introduced the basics of the NS theory. Despite the fact that several written sources on NS have been available since 2007, there is still a lot of confusion about what NS actually is, and how NS and DM compare to each other. The present paper is an attempt to clear things up.

Keywords:   Distributed Morphology, nanosyntax, nonterminal spellout, portmanteau morphemes, zero morphology, Subset Principle, Superset Principle

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