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The Structure of Words at the Interfaces$
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Heather Newell, Máire Noonan, Glyne Piggott, and Lisa deMena Travis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778264

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778264.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Introduction
Source:
The Structure of Words at the Interfaces
Author(s):
Heather Newell, Máire Noonan, Glyne Piggott, Lisa deMena Travis
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198778264.003.0001

This chapter begins with a discussion of the problematic nature of the ‘word’ and the fact that there is no simple definition for this concept in either the morphosyntax or in the phonology. It then systematically surveys all of the presuppositions held by the authors in this volume that may impact the construction of a word, and examines operations such as head and phrasal movement, and post-syntactic processes such as morphological merger or phonological leaning (as well as operations conceived by various authors: glomming, (super)squishing, and head banging) and their implications for the syntax–phonology interface at the word level. This is followed by an overview of Chapters 2–13, and concludes by summarizing the points of consensus found in the various chapters, as well as discussing an open question on prefix–suffix asymmetries and how they might be resolved through a closer examination of the syntax–phonology interface.

Keywords:   word, syntax–phonology interface, head movement, phrasal movement, supersquishing, glomming, head banging

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