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Syntax and Semantics Interface of Verbs
A. Sathikulameen, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Candidate
Language is the best communicative tool through which writer's emotions, thoughts and creative ideas get expressed. A creativity process of any literary genre can be analyzed through lexicons, lexical phrases, semantics and syntax. So, if we analyze these components properly, we will get the creativity process of the writer.
Verbs play a vital role in syntax and semantics interface. I begin with the importance of 'input' lexicons which play a vital role in revealing creative and subtle ideas with the aid of lexical categories which interface with one another to give the 'output'.
We will examine how lexicons are arranged in a particular order to reveal the semantic interpretation of the writer in the sentence. If there is any change in this particular order, then the sentence will result in an ill-formed sentence.
Connection between Semantics and Syntax
We need to construct the sentence with an interface between semantics and syntax. It is clear that there is always a connection between semantics and syntax in word recognition and in framing arguments in sentences with the aid of lexical categories. The word recognition plays a vital role in the arguments in the form of an utterance which is a complex process. TonDijkstra states that:
First word identification must depend on the characteristics of the lexical item itself, for instance, on how often it has been encountered in the past (e.g. does it have a high or low frequency of usage?) and on whether it is ambiguous with respect to its syntactic category (is dance used as a noun or verb?) or semantics (e.g. does bank refer to the river side or the institution?). In addition, a word's recognition process could be affected by the syntactic and semantic aspect of the preceding sentence context which may be more or less constraining or predictive. (Dijkstra 129)
Functions of Lexical Items/Lexicon in Creative Process
The lexicons are arranged syntactically in a particular order that communicate the semantic interpretation which evolves out from the input (lexicons). The writer presents his creative ideas in different dimensions with lexicons which are displayed in the form of an utterance, than when they are in isolation. So, it is clear that the lexicons and lexical items are impregnated with creative ideas that can be analyzed for different functions with the help of human linguistic knowledge and these functions are tools that go into the creative process.
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