Article published in:The Form of Structure, the Structure of Form: Essays in honor of Jean Lowenstamm
Edited by Sabrina Bendjaballah, Noam Faust, Mohamed Lahrouchi and Nicola Lampitelli
[Language Faculty and Beyond 12] 2014
► pp. 287–302
Sepp vs Paradigms
We present data from a Middle Bavarian language in order to argue against the notions lexeme and paradigm. We argue that there is no level of abstraction at which lexemes have coherent properties, unless that level is the one of morphemes, i.e., of roots and affixes. Our argument is based on an examination of the “paradigm” of clitic determiners: /s/, /d/, /n/ and /da/. We show that each of them has its own phonological, morpho-syntactic and semantic properties. While such data are well compatible with a morpheme-based theory (the finer properties are captured in terms of the properties of individual lexical items, the general properties in terms of natural classes), they illustrate the arbitrariness and incoherence of the notions paradigm and lexeme.
Published online: 17 December 2014
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