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Heads in Grammatical Theory
     

Heads in Grammatical Theory

by Greville G. Corbett, Norman M. Fraser, Scott McGlashan
 

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ISBN-10: 0521026520

ISBN-13: 9780521026529

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780521026529
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; 1. Introduction Norman M. Fraser, Greville G. Corbett and Scott McGlashan; 2. The head of Russian numeral expressions Greville G. Corbett; 3. The phonology of heads in Haruai Bernard Comrie; 4. Patterns of headedness Ronnie Cann; 5. Head-hunting on the trail of the nominal Janus Andrew Radford; 6. The headedness of noun-phrases: slaying the nominal hydra John Payne; 7. Head- versus dependent-marking: the case of the clause Nigel Vincent; 8. Heads in discourse: structural versus functional centricity Johanna Nichols; 9. Heads in head-driven phrase structure grammar Robert D. Borsley; 10. Heads and lexical semantics Scott McGlashan; 11. Heads, parsing and word-order universals John A. Hawkins; 12. Do we have heads in our minds? Richard A. Hudson; 13. Heads, bases and functors Arnold M. Zwicky; References; Index.

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