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Word Formation in Parallel Architecture

The Case for a Separate Component


  • Presents Jackendoff’s treatment of the mental lexicon and word formation and then widens the perspective by way of examples

  • Explains the concept of onomasiological coercion and incorporates it into Jackendoff’s Parallel Architecture

  • Accounts for the different kinds of productivity in syntax and in word formation


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Linguistics book series (SBIL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Pius ten Hacken
    Pages 1-2
  3. Pius ten Hacken
    Pages 47-68
  4. Pius ten Hacken
    Pages 69-93
  5. Pius ten Hacken
    Pages 95-99

About this book


This book aims to reconcile the generative considerations of Jackendoff’s Parallel Architecture (PA) with the European structuralist approach to naming. It shows that there are good reasons to single out word formation as a separate component in PA. It demonstrates that it is a drawback not to distinguish word formation, and explains that the function of word formation rules is different from the function of the lexicon and rules of grammar. After making the argument for a separate word formation component, the book sets out to determine which types of rule qualify as part of this component. Traditionally, the boundaries of word formation with inflection and with syntax have been a matter of debate. By focusing on the naming function, the book poses a guiding principle for determining which rules should be in the word formation component.

The position of morphology in the architecture of grammar has always been an issue of debate in generative linguistics. Since Chomsky (1970), this question has been framed in terms of the Lexicalist Hypothesis. Compared to Chomsky’s architectures, Jackendoff’s Parallel Architecture places phonetic and conceptual structures at the same level as syntactic structure, i.e. connected by bidirectional linking rules rather than interpretation rules. One of the consequences is that PA does not formally distinguish lexicon entries from rules of grammar. This changes the setting for the question of the autonomy of morphology, because the Lexicalist Hypothesis depends on this distinction.


Word formation Parallel architecture Mental lexicon Productivity and onomasiological coercion The boundaries of word formation generative linguistics Jackendoff Parallel Architecture European structuralist approach to naming

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für TranslationswissenschaftLeopold-Franzens-Universität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Word Formation in Parallel Architecture
  • Book Subtitle The Case for a Separate Component
  • Authors Pius ten Hacken
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Linguistics
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Linguistics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-18008-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18009-6
  • Series ISSN 2197-0009
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-0017
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 99
  • Number of Illustrations 13 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Morphology
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