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Adjectives, Number and Interfaces: Why Languages Vary / Edition 1
     

Adjectives, Number and Interfaces: Why Languages Vary / Edition 1

by Denis Bouchard
 

ISBN-10: 008044055X

ISBN-13: 9780080440552

Pub. Date: 09/17/2002

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

A study of why languages vary the way they do in the domain of adjectival modification in French as contrasted with other Indo-European languages (English, Celtic, Walloon, Romanian, Italian). Rejecting previous well-known analyses in terms of syntactic movement to various functional heads, the author proposes a model in which external properties of interfaces are the

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A study of why languages vary the way they do in the domain of adjectival modification in French as contrasted with other Indo-European languages (English, Celtic, Walloon, Romanian, Italian). Rejecting previous well-known analyses in terms of syntactic movement to various functional heads, the author proposes a model in which external properties of interfaces are the foundations from which the variation is derived. Limiting severely the technical apparatus of syntax, the author argues that the properties of number at the interfaces are shown to provide a simple and precise solution for longstanding problems of compositionality raised by adjectival modification. There is also a unified analysis of the many other properties involved. The model provides a principled explanation of the variation concerning nominals without determiners (bare NPs) and determiners without nominals (clitics).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780080440552
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/17/2002
Series:
North Holland Linguistic Series: Linguistic Variations Series , #61
Edition description:
First
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
1.06(w) x 9.21(h) x 6.14(d)

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