Syntax within the Word

Economy, allomorphy, and argument selection in Distributed Morphology

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<i>Syntax within the Word</i> provides a multifaceted look into the syntactic framework of Distributed Morphology (DM) within the Minimalist program. For those unfamiliar with the theory, this monograph provides an overview of DM and argues its strengths. For those more familiar with DM, this monograph provides analyses of familiar data much of which has not been treated within the framework: argument selection, stem allomorphy and suppletion, nominal compounds in English (<i>feet-first vs. *heads-first</i>), and the structure of the verb phrase. This monograph also proposes a future for the theory in the form of revisions to DM including: the elimination of readjustment rules, a new economy constraint (Minimize Exponence) that triggers fusion of functional heads, and a feature blocking system.<br />

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Morphology

  • Affiliations: 1: Carleton University

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