MORPHOLOGY/SYNTAX: a term used to refer to one of the most important
properties of words, viz. the property that NO syntactic process is allowed to refer to parts of a word.
EXAMPLE: if we take the English compound teapot, it is not
allowed to move tea out of the compound by, for instance, topicalization (cf. *Tea, I bought pots vs. Teapots, I bought). It is furthermore
impossible to refer to tea by using an anaphoric device such as a pronoun: we cannot say he took the teai pot, and poured iti into the cup, meaning 'he poured the tea into the cup'.
See Lexicalist hypothesis.
|LIT.||Di Sciullo, A. M. and E. Williams (1987)|
Spencer, A. (1991)