Word Structure Autonomy Condition

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Word Structure Autonomy Condition is a condition proposed in Selkirk (1982) which says that no deletion or movement transformation may involve categories of both W(ord)-structure and S(entence)-structure. This condition rules out a syntactic analysis of inflection, such as (a) the Affix Hopping analysis of English inflection (Chomsky 1957), (b) head movement analyses (Pollock 1989), and (c) incorporation analyses (Baker 1988).



  • Baker, M. 1988. Incorporation: A Theory of Grammatical Function Changing, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Chomsky, N. 1957. Syntactic structures, Mouton, The Hague.
  • Pollock, J.-Y. 1989. Verb movement, Universal Grammar, and the structure of IP, Linguistic Inquiry 20, pp.365-424
  • Selkirk, E. O. 1982a. The Syntax of Words, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
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