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date: 31 May 2020

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This article argues that the syntax of the word is distinct and informationally encapsulated from the syntax of phrases, and that this is responsible for a series of basic and robust effects. It also provides a careful criticism of the assumptions and analyses of a particular version of the Distributed Morphology view, showing that they cannot actually avoid the distinction between word-level and phrase-level syntax. Lexical Hypothesis suggests that the system of words in a language is independent of the system of phrases in a language in a particular way. The arguments against the Lexical Hypothesis consist in showing that there is some slippage between the different notions of word. The clitic/affix distinction under this hypothesis is addressed.

Keywords: dumping lexicalism, Lexical Hypothesis, Distributed Morphology, syntax, language

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