The indeterminacy of word segmentation and the nature of morphology and syntax

  title={The indeterminacy of word segmentation and the nature of morphology and syntax},
  author={Martin Haspelmath},
The general distinction between morphology and syntax is widely taken for granted, but it crucially depends on a cross-linguistically valid concept of ‘(morphosyntactic) word’. I show that there are no good criteria for defining such a concept. I examine ten criteria in some detail (potential pauses, free occurrence, mobility, uninterruptibility, non-selectivity, non-coordinatability, anaphoric islandhood, nonextractability, morphophonological idiosyncrasies, and deviations from bi-uniqueness… 

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