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Categoriality and Clustering

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Abstract:

The essential meaning of a clause is typically conveyed by a small subset of the-morphemes in that clause, sometimes by only one or two; the information conveyed by the other morphemes is supplementary or already known. Clauses consist of one or more clusters; a cluster is made up of a nucleus (a single morpheme conveying information of central importance to the clause) and any number of satellites (bound morphemes or independent words conveying more peripheral information). Positing such a pragmatic structure for clauses makes it possible to give a unified explanation for apparently diverse morphological and syntactic phenomena in a number of languages.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/sl.12.2.02myh

Publication date: January 1, 1988

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  • International Journal sponsored by the Foundation "Foundations of Language"
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