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Templatic Architecture

Sabrina Bendjaballah and Martin Haiden
p. 157-168


Building on principles of Government Phonology, this paper explores a minimalist theory of projection. The two operations it postulates, merge and label, are formalized mathematically as multiplication and integration, respectively. Given this formalization, the syntactic interpretation of phonological entities can be understood as a morphism in the strict sense : a mapping that is structure preserving with respect to merge. The formalism is illustrated in the derivation of a simple, yet unexplained, condition on templates, exemplified with German strong verbs : a single templatic site cannot simultaneously host markers that correspond to distinct syntactic heads.

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Electronic reference

Sabrina Bendjaballah and Martin Haiden, « Templatic Architecture », Recherches linguistiques de Vincennes [Online], 32 | 2003, Online since 06 June 2005, connection on 02 December 2021. URL : ; DOI :

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