The lexeme "I", and word class

Smith Simon ssmith at gate.sinica.edu.tw
Mon Jan 9 02:25:01 CET 2006


Intuitively, "I", "me", "my" and "mine" are realizations of the same lexeme.
Word class is assigned to lexemes, not to word-forms, and the lexeme "I" is
clearly a pronoun.

Yet in syntactic analysis, "my" is treated as a determiner.

So are my intuitions wrong? Are "I" and "my" in fact distinct lexemes?

All help appreciated!




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