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The Structure of Words at the Interfaces

Heather Newell, Máire Noonan, Glyne Piggott, and Lisa deMena Travis


This volume contains chapters that treat the question ‘What is a word?’ in various ways. The lens through which this question is asked and answered is coloured by a discussion of where in the grammar wordhood is determined. All of the authors in this work take it as given that structures at, above, and below the ‘word’ are built in the same derivational system; there is no lexicalist grammatical subsystem dedicated to word building. This type of framework foregrounds the difficulty in defining wordhood. Questions like whether there are restrictions on the size of structures that distinguish wo ... More

Keywords: wordhood, phrasal structure, morphemes, phonological module, syntactic module, Universal Grammar, syntax–phonology interface

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198778264
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198778264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather Newell, editor
Assistant Professor, Linguistics Dept, Université du Québec à Montréal

Máire Noonan, editor
Course Lecturer and Research Assistant, Department of Linguistics, McGill University

Glyne Piggott, editor
Emeritus Professor, Department of Linguistics, McGill University

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