Roots don’t select, categorial heads do: lexical-selection of PPs may vary by category
Jason Merchant
July 2019
 

The vast majority of roots in English show uniform selectional properties across their various instantiations in verbs, nouns, or adjectives: rely_V on, reliance_N on, reliant_A on. This paper reports a new discovery: there are more than a hundred roots that display nonuniform selectional behavior. Their selectional class depends on whether the root is realized as a verb, a noun, or an adjective: pride_V oneself on, pride_N in, proud_A of. I argue that this is best modeled if the categorizing node itself determines selection.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004702
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Published in: The Linguistic Review
keywords: selection, roots, distributed morphology, merge, morphology, syntax
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