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GENERAL: A process in which a category 'inherits' some feature of a lower category.

MORPHOLOGY: the phenomenon that a category can inherit (part of) the argument structure of the category from which it is derived. EXAMPLE: the noun driver is said to inherit the internal argument of the verb drive from which it is derived, cf. Rochelle drives trucks / Rochelle is a driver of trucks, where trucks is the internal argument.
LIT. Booij, G.E. (1988)
Spencer, A. (1991)
Sproat, R. (1985)

SYNTAX: in the Barriers theory of Chomsky (1986b) a maximal projection is said to inherit barrierhood in case the first maximal projection it dominates is a Blocking Category.
LIT. Chomsky, N. (1986b)