Lexical functional grammar

Farrell Ackerman
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In Remarks on nominalization (1970) Chomsky argues that syntactic transformations are inappropriate mechanisms for explaining the type of relationship evident between word forms such as ‘destroy’ and ‘destruction’. Instead of appealing to operations on phrasal configurations to account for such standard instances of derivation, he proposes that a component called the lexicon should be regarded as the locus for explaining this type of relatedness. This hypothesis, subsequently referred to as the lexicalist hypothesis, introduced an alternative source of explanation for grammatical phenomena within the generative paradigm: syntactic transformations as well as lexical operations were both regarded as legitimate sources of explanation in grammar.

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