MORPHOLOGY: words are morphological objects which may but need not be
the output of processes of affixation and compounding.
|LIT.||Aronoff, M. (1976)|
Di Sciullo, A. M. and E. Williams (1987)
Sapir, E. (1921)
Selkirk, E. O. (1982a)
Spencer, A. (1991)
SYNTAX: words are generally considered atomic elements: they are the
indivisible building blocks of syntax, which may be the input but not the output
of syntactic processes, their parts presumably being inaccessible for syntactic
rules. See lexical integrity.
PHONOLOGY: words are phonological objects which consitute the domain
for lexical phonological rules. It is particularly striking that these three
uses of the notion 'word' are not co-extensive.
EXAMPLE: a group consisting of a free morpheme and a clitic may function
as a phonological word, although morphologically it is a clitic group consisting
of a morphological word and a clitic.