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The Substance of Language Volume II
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The Substance of Language Volume II: Morphology, Paradigms, and Periphrases

John M. Anderson


This book contributes to the exploration of a view of language wherein its elements are grounded, or substantively based. It looks in particular at the role of the lexicon, and morphology, as a complex interface relating the syntactic representations to the representations of phonology. Language structure is assumed to be modular, such that modules are defined by the particular aspect of extralinguistic mental content they grammaticalize. This establishes two basic modules: syntax, which is cognitively based, and phonology, based on sound perception. Morphology has no such distinctive basis, o ... More

Keywords: inflection, groundedness, conjugation, modularity, exponence, paradigmatic gaps, grammatical periphrasis, agreement, gender, noun classifiers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Anderson, author
University of Edinburgh