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Categorial Features


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1. Theories of grammatical category; 2. Are word class categories universal?; 3. Syntactic decomposition and categorizers; 4. Categorial features; 5. Functional categories; 6. Mixed projections and functional categorizers; 7. A summary and the bigger picture; Appendix. Notes on Baker (2003).

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Proposes a novel theory of parts of speech, bringing together the latest research and discoveries.

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Phoevos Panagiotidis is Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus.


'A welcome reconsideration of the notion of lexical category from a syntactic-decomposition perspective. Panagiotidis draws together insights from a diverse array of frameworks to formulate his central hypothesis concerning the 'perspective-taking' contribution of (N) and (V) features at LF. His proposal has explanatory power in a number of domains, particularly in providing an intuitive rationale for the long-recognized requirement that lexical roots must be categorized in order to participate in a syntactic derivation. Other outstanding contributions include the idea that the notion of 'functional' reduces to 'bears uninterpretable categorial features', and a substantive characterization of what 'semi-lexical' really means. A very stimulating read.' Heidi Harley, University of Arizona

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