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on the autonomy of grammatical modules

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Friday, November 26, 2004, 3:08
H. Teoh wrote:
> > Also, it would be nice to add the semantic functions of the words (noun, > > verb etc). > > That would be nice, yes. > > Oh, and BTW, "noun" and "verb" aren't semantic functions; they're > grammatical functions.
That depends on your theory of language. Lexicalist theories tend to separate out modules of lexical items, such that a lexical item will be simultaneously semantic predicates or entities, and syntactic heads of phrases. BTW, "semantic" functions ARE grammatical functions. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637