On two types of result

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Until recently, the accepted view in work addressing the relationship between lexical semantics and syntax was that lexical verbs uniquely determine the properties of the structures they project in syntax. On a popular recent view, form-meaning pairs above the level of the word are an integral part of the design of language. This line of research can be described as the continuum view of the lexicon where the generation component of language stores both lexical information and information about the grammar repertoire. Such a view is aligned with connectionist views of the lexicon, where lexicon and grammar are seen as interdependent. In this paper I discuss an elaboration of the continuum stance. I claim that, even though grammar and lexicon can be seen as part of the same distributed representation, languages make a distinction between generation mechanisms based on lexically encoded information and constrtuctionally-based generation.


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