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date: 16 June 2021

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In the majority of theoretical linguistic frameworks, grammar and phonology are typically kept ‘separate’, which arguably leads to a somewhat reduced understanding of how language works. In this chapter, we explore some of the historical reasons for this separation, framing the discussion around degrees of linguistic modularity and autonomy which different grammatical frameworks assume. After providing an overview of this debate, we then illustrate how phonology interacts with grammar. We discuss how grammar and phonology interact at word and sentence level, present a case study for the role that phonology plays in word class categorization, and finally, examine how two different grammatical paradigms (namely formal-generative and cognitive-functional grammar) incorporate phonology into their descriptions.

Keywords: phonology, modularity, autonomy, morpho-phonology, syntax-phonology interface, cognitive grammar, generative grammar

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