Semantics in distributed morphology

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This article introduces the grammatical framework of Distributed Morphology, with special attention to the implications of the framework for semantic interpretation. The derivation of a sample sentence is given, illustrating the dissociation between the semantically contentful abstract units which are the input to syntactic and semantic composition, and the phonologically contentful Vocabulary Items which compete to realize them. The central assumptions of the framework are contrasted with those of more established Lexicalist approaches, particularly with respect to the predictions for bracketing paradoxes, the Mirror Principle and the status of lexical roots. Areas in which Distributed Morphology has produced developed semantic proposals are described, including argument structure operations, idiomatic interpretation, the interpretation of nominal features, and the nature of on-line speech errors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSemantics
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning volume 3
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783110253382
ISBN (Print)9783110253375
StatePublished - Dec 19 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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