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The Morphosyntax of TransitionsA Case Study in Latin and Other Languages$
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Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733287

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733287.001.0001

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The syntax-morphology interface

The syntax-morphology interface

(p.55) 3 The syntax-morphology interface
The Morphosyntax of Transitions

Víctor Acedo-Matellán

Oxford University Press

The theory of the syntax-morphology interface is based on Distributed Morphology (Embick and Noyer). The morphological dimension of linguistic expressions is construed on the basis of a previously built syntactic representation and these two representations are, by default, isomorphic. Syntax/morphology mismatches are due to operations mapping the syntactic representation to the PF representation. This mapping is also responsible for cross-linguistic variation, the mapping from syntax to LF being by hypothesis universally uniform. An operation of Morphological Merger creates complex words out of terminals. Morphological Merger is free, its results being filtered by the Vocabulary Items that realize the terminal nodes of the representation. If the contextual conditions established for the insertion of a given Vocabulary Item are not met, that can lead, in certain languages, to a failure of PF interpretation. The crashing character of the theory is shared with Nanosyntax (Fábregas).

Keywords:   syntax-morphology interface, Distributed Morphology, PF representation, Vocabulary Item, Morphological Merger, complex word, terminal node, cross-linguistic variation, Nanosyntax

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