Multiword expressions and lexicalism: the view from LFG

Jamie Y. Findlay


Abstract
Multiword expressions (MWEs) pose a problem for lexicalist theories like Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG), since they are prima facie counterexamples to a strong form of the lexical integrity principle, which entails that a lexical item can only be realised as a single, syntactically atomic word. In this paper, I demonstrate some of the problems facing any strongly lexicalist account of MWEs, and argue that the lexical integrity principle must be weakened. I conclude by sketching a formalism which integrates a Tree Adjoining Grammar into the LFG architecture, taking advantage of this relaxation.
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W17-1709
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Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2017)
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April
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2017
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Valencia, Spain
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MWE
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SIGLEX
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Association for Computational Linguistics
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73–79
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https://aclanthology.org/W17-1709
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10.18653/v1/W17-1709
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Jamie Y. Findlay. 2017. Multiword expressions and lexicalism: the view from LFG. In Proceedings of the 13th Workshop on Multiword Expressions (MWE 2017), pages 73–79, Valencia, Spain. Association for Computational Linguistics.
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