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

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"This study explains 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)." Linguists, psychologists, computer scientists and philosophers alike will find this work of interest.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Adjectives, Interfaces, and Explanation 1
Introduction 1
1 Adjectival Modification 4
2 Explaning Adjectival Modification 14
3 Explanation in Linguistics: The Role of Interfaces 34
Ch. 2 Adjectival Modification in French 57
1 A Strictly Compositional Analysis of Adjectival Modification 57
2 Basic Phenomena 68
3 Factors Favoring Pre-N or Post-N Placement of ADJs 147
4 Conclusion 153
Ch. 3 Crosslinguistic Variation in Adjectival Modification 169
1 The Causes of Variation 169
2 A Comparison with English 171
3 A Brief Look at Other Languages 191
4 Evidence from Codeswitching 204
5 Conclusion 207
Ch. 4 The Omission of N 219
1 Expressions Including Partitivity 220
2 Classifying ADJs 225
3 Lone Determiners 234
4 Conclusion 263
Ch. 5 The Omission of DET 273
1 Number and the DET 273
2 Intensional Determinerless NPs in French 275
3 Referential Determinerless NPs in French 289
4 The Interpretation of Determinerless NPs in English 298
5 Determinerless NPs in Italian 307
6 Conclusion 309
Ch. 6 Adaptive Grammar 321
1 The Broad Picture 321
2 Progress in Generative Grammar and Simplicity 325
3 Nonminimal Residues 339
4 A Parsimonious Analysis of Long Distance Dependencies 344
5 The Origins of Variation 359
6 Displacement and Crosslinguistic Variation 377
7 Innateness and Learnability 390
8 An Adaptive Model of the Faculty of Language 395
App Counterarguments to Compositionality? 401
References 433
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