Word syntax

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Word Syntax is a hypothesis proposed by Selkirk (1982) which entails the claim that word structure has to be accounted for by a context free phrase structure grammar. She proposes a variant of the so-called X-bar schema. The maximal projection of W(ord)-structure is identical to the zero level projection in S(sentence)-structure. Furthermore, she proposes the lower-level categories Root and Affix. Affixation rules take the form in (i) and compound rules the one in (ii):

(i)  Xn -> Yn Xaf	where n stands for Word or Root
(ii) Xw -> Yw Xw



  • Selkirk, E. O. 1982a. The Syntax of Words, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.

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