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Word Structure Autonomy Condition

MORPHOLOGY: a condition proposed in Selkirk (1982) which says that no deletion or movement transformation may involve categories of both W(ord)-structure and S(entence)-structure. This condition rules out a syntactic analysis of inflection, such as (a) the Affix Hopping analysis of English inflection (Chomsky 1957), (b) head movement analyses (Pollock 1989), and (c) incorporation analyses (Baker 1988).
LIT. Baker, M. (1988)
Chomsky, N. (1957)
Pollock, J.-Y. (1989)
Selkirk, E. O. (1982a)