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Abstract

Morphology in Functional Grammar

It is commonly accepted that in any natural language, the word comes under two classes: the basic word and the derived word. The relationship established between these two types of words is a derivation relationship insofar as the derived word has as input the basic word.

Our objective in the present work is to give an account of the place of morphology (whether it is derivational or inflectional) in Functional Grammar (GF, henceforth). To do this, we will be leads to answering the following questions:

(i) How is word structure represented in grammar?

(ii) What is the form of the rules implemented for its formation? (iii) What would be the representational level of morphology?

Answering these different questions requires, it seems to us, to establish a distinction between basic words and derived words as they are conceived in GF.


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