This provides an introduction to the volume and how it relates to the other volumes in the trilogy ‘The Substance of Language’. It presents an overview of a substantively based grammar in which all aspects of structure are seen as grammaticalizations of aspects of cognition and perception, some universal some not. A language is a set of representations and re‐representations in different grammaticalized media. The volume examines the complex interface role of the lexicon, and particularly morphology, in relating representations of the ontologically based categorizations of the words in the lexicon to phonological representations based on sound perception, with in the case of morphology, bracketing into formatives. In particular, in relation to the paradigm, it studies two major mechanisms whereby languages compensate for the separational effect of exponence.
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