Heads in Grammatical Theory

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Overview

Contemporary linguistic theories distinguish the principal element of a noun phrase - the 'head' - from the subordinate elements it dominates. Opinions differ on its precise definition, and it has been used to describe and account for a range of linguistic phenomena. A key question is whether the head is not already identified by some other, more basic notion or interacting set of notions in linguistics. This is the first book length examination of this subject, tackling the problems set by the assumptions of particular grammatical theories and offering insights which have relevance across theories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521026529
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction 1
2 The head of Russian numeral expressions 11
3 The phonology of heads in Haruai 36
4 Pattens of headedness 44
5 Head-hunting: on the trail of the nominal Janus 73
6 The headedness of noun phrases: slaying the nominal hydra 114
7 Head- versus dependent-marking: the case of the clause 140
8 Heads in discourse: structural versus functional centricity 164
9 Heads in Head-driven Phrase Structure Grammar 186
10 Heads and lexical semantics 204
11 Heads, parsing and word-order universals 231
12 Do we have heads in our minds? 266
13 Heads, bases and functors 292
References 317
Index 335
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