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

By Dieter Wunderlich

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

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It is reasonable to adhere to such a reading of lexicon only in theories that are either derivational in nature or refuse morphology the status of an autonomous component of grammar, for whatever reasons. Thus, the meaning of lexicon in derivational Generative Grammar is that of the pre-syntactic component of grammar. This component contains at least the lexicon in the structuralist sense and at most such a lexicon plus all of morphology and most of phonology and maybe even some portions of syntax (disregarding questions of semantics).

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For example, Chomsky explicitly refers to the notion of the lexicon in the Extended Standard Theory (1991: 130) as the relevant conception in the current state of generative theory. A radical break is to be noted with the emergence of the Minimalist Program which is the current version of Generative Grammar. Without dis- Concepts of the lexicon in theoretical linguistics 47 cussion, Chomsky returns to a basically structuralist view of the lexicon: “I understand the lexicon in a rather traditional sense: as a list of ‘exceptions’, whatever does not follow from general principles” (Chomsky 1995a: 235).

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