In this subsection, I discuss some additional restrictions on lexical insertion and discuss how the competition between lexical items is regulated.
This rule is not inherent of the particular view on lexical insertion advocated in this paper.
2002), lexical insertion takes place in the interface between conceptual structure and syntactic structure.
Prima facie this simply entails the removal of the parts-of-speech subscripts from lexemes in the UR, because lexical insertion does not occur in the UR.
Evidence from initial consonantal mutation in Welsh further supports the view that lexical insertion takes place at different stages, rather than as a single operation.
We argue that the selection must be characterized not only in terms of the phonological environment, but also depends crucially on morphological representation and on a particular view of lexical insertion.
Table 3 summarizes the amount of intra-CP lexical insertion which occurs in the two main languages of the texts, Nigerian Arabic and Hausa, insertions like "pilot, exhibit, deal" in excerpts (1) and (2) above.
English lexical insertion, on the other hand, is only slightly below the 3:2 ratio which characterizes the total Nigerian Arabic/Hausa word allotment in the texts, namely 1121:484 = 70:30.
1988: 505) call "formal idioms" and what Langacker (1987) refers to as "partially schematic" units: parts of the composite unit are frozen ("specified" in Langacker's terminology) and other parts are open to lexical insertion
, with the choice ranging from a limited (minimally two) to a not-so-limited set of possible options.
Lexical insertions can be similar to repetitions but are not exact:
Although lexical insertions and abandoned utterances can seem similar, insertions tend to be similar to the following phrase, whereas abandoned utterances tend to be followed by a completely separate thought.
Grammatical modifications and possible lexical insertions
should be somehow indicated in their appropriate places within the structure of the MWU.