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Structuring Sense: Volume III: Taking Form$
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Hagit Borer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199263936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199263936.001.0001

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Introduction—Words? What Words?

Introduction—Words? What Words?

(p.1) 1 Introduction—Words? What Words?
Structuring Sense: Volume III: Taking Form

Hagit Borer

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the book as a whole. It begins with a detailed critical review of historical approaches to Words, focusing, in particular, on the rationale for listedness and lexical word formation, and attempting to show that from both a phonological and syntactic perspective, that move is conceptually and theoretically problematic. This is followed by a preliminary presentation of the specifics of the system to be used throughout the book, eventually to be justified in detail in Chapters 6–10. Specifically, roots are introduced as a phonological index, and two distinct functors are introduced—a categorial functor (C-functor), responsible for the division of the categorial space, and a semantic functor (S-functor) responsible for valuing otherwise null terminals to project — once valued and thus categorized — as segments of Extended Projections. Extended Projections are likewise defined as a universally fixed set of segments of Extended Projections dominating a categorial core (C-core). The chapter ends with an outline and discussion of the general organization of the book.

Keywords:   listedness, lexicalism, word formation, functors, extended projections, nominalization, roots, exo-skeletal model, morphology, syntactic category, c-core

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