This book presents a new theory of grammatical categories - the Universal Spine Hypothesis - and reinforces generative notions of Universal Grammar while accommodating insights from linguistic typology.
In word formation, the French suffixes -ment and -age have similar meanings (e.g. gonflement - swelling, gonflage - inflating). This book analyses the abstract meaning of the two suffixes and shows their systematic differences at an abstract semantic level. As its starting point it considers the speaker's knowledge and the criteria by which these suffixes are used to form derivations.