Derivational morphology in Functional Discourse Grammar

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The aim of this paper is to provide a general overview of derivational morphologyin Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG) as presented in Hengeveld andMackenzie (2008). The paper begins with a brief description of the model withspecial reference to those properties which are relevant in the characterizationof derivational processes; it also discusses the differences between classicalFunctional Grammar (FG) and the current FDG model. It is argued that twonovel features of FDG are of special relevance: the separation of frames and lexemes,which entails that the Predicate Formation Rules employed in FG are nolonger an option, and the distinction between Lexemes at the RepresentationalLevel and Words at the Morphosyntactic Level, with the consequence that morphologicalprocesses have impact on various levels of representation. Finally,some examples of key derivational processes (compounding, affixation, andvalency changing operations) are provided to show how these processes can behandled in the model.


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