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Title: A restrictive theory of morphosyntactic interaction and its consequences
Author(s): Yoon, Hye Suk
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Cole, Peter
Department / Program: Linguistics
Discipline: Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Language, Linguistics
Abstract: In this dissertation, I develop a theory of morpho-syntactic interaction based on a principled distinction between Rule Systems and Grammatical Components. It is argued that while morphological and phrasal rules belong to distinct rule systems, they do not define distinct components. In contrast to the proponents of Strong Lexicalism, I develop a theory in which the components of syntax and lexicon are freed from inherent association with either phrasal or morphological rules. Rather, the lexicon and syntax stand in a "level-ordered" relationship with the objects defined by rules of the lexicon acting as atoms of the syntactic rule system.The assignment of rules, morphological or phrasal, to either component, is made on the basis of the properties exhibited by rules, such as interactivity with other rules of the component and the X$\sp0$ vs. XP status of objects defined by rules. In contrast to much recent work, the decision to treat a certain type of morphology as syntactic is not made on the basis of an a priori methodological guideline.The criteria I employ to assign a certain piece of morphology to syntax are most stringent than those countenanced in alternative approaches. It is argued, however, that this restrictive approach reveals a truer picture of how morphology and syntax interact. This is because morphology determined to be syntactic by the restrictive criteria always evince independent signs of being syntactic.A comparative study of the morphosyntax of nominalizations and antipassives in different languages bears out the significant conceptual and theoretical advantages of the restrictive view of morphosyntactic interaction proposed in this work.
Issue Date: 1989
Type: Text
Language: English
Rights Information: Copyright 1989 Yoon, Hye Suk
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI8924974
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI8924974

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