Advances in the Theory of the Lexicon (Interface by Dieter Wunderlich

By Dieter Wunderlich

The publication investigates the interface constitution of the lexicon from quite a few views, together with typology and processing. It surveys paintings on verb sessions, verb-noun similarities, semantic representations, innovations and buildings of polysynthetic languages, study at the processing of inflectional and derivational parts, and new paintings on inheritance-based community versions. The e-book could be of curiosity to researchers and complicated scholars in all fields of linguistics and within the cognitive sciences.

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In declarative theories, on the other hand, constraints are conceived of as unviolable although allowing domainspecific scope. Examples are Declarative Phonology (Scobbie, Coleman & Bird 1996), Sign-Based Morphology (Orgun 1998) and Word Design (Neef 1996), the latter being an approach that emphasizes the notion of morphological constructions. Interestingly enough, a declarative approach allows to standardize the modes of description of both regular and irregular knowledge, while in Generative Grammar there is a distinction between irregular (lexical) knowledge captured in declarative statements and regular knowledge captured in procedural rules.

However, this position does not follow in any logical sense from the fact that word structure rules and phrase structure rules have the same general structural properties. It is merely consistent with that fact. 16 The quote makes perfect sense, however, based on a conception of grammar like in (2). In Selkirk’s word syntactic approach, the lexicon has an internal structure, comprising both a lexicon in the structuralist sense (called ‘Extended Dictionary’) and a component that generates word structures: ———–———————————————————————————— 16 The same confusion is evident in the writings of Chomsky during that period of time.

G. 1982) but with the striking difference that both inflection and phonology apply in a postsyntactic component. 46 Martin Neef and Heinz Vater (6) The lexicon in Lexical Phonology (from Wiese 1996: 116 and 128) LEXICON underived lexical items MORPHOLOGY PHONOLOGY level 1 irregular inflection class I affixes word stress level 2 compounding class II affixes compound stress regular inflection schwa epenthesis level 3 POSTLEXICAL PHONOLOGY According to this model, the lexicon has a filigree architecture comprising a list of morphemes as well as all morphological rules and many phonological rules.

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