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SYNTAX: a notion introduced in Aronoff (1976) which says that words with some idiosyncratic aspect are stored in the lexicon, which means that they fill a particular slot. Semantic drift is one of the reasons why words are listed. EXAMPLE: the English word transmission has the regularly determined meaning 'act of transmitting', but next to this it is used as a technical term (transmission of a car). On its idiosyncratic reading the word transmission is listed.