Selectional Feature/ Restriction/ Rule

Selectional Feature/ Restriction/ Rule



A term in generative grammar for a type of contextual feature, i.e. a syntactic feature which specifies the conditions relating to where in a deep structure a lexical item can occur. Selectional features specify the restrictions on the permitted combinations of lexical items within a given grammatical context. These restrictions are stated with reference to the relevant inherent features in an adjacent or nearby complex symbol (within the same structural unit, i.e. they must be clause-mates).