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oa Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics - A note on root projection and labelling - the peculiarities of Germanic

Volume 48 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1027-3417
  • E-ISSN: 2223-9936

 

Abstract

This paper identifies a problem with a hypothesis put forward in Chomsky (2013) in relation to his labelling algorithm. Chomsky suggests that category-neutral roots do not qualify as labels and cannot project. However, I provide evidence that the derivation of particle verbs involves the projection of a category-neutral root, which has merged with (a projection of) the particle. It follows that Chomsky's hypothesis has to be rejected.

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2017-12-01
2020-08-04

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