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Examining its subject from a generative perspective, this highly detailed text deals with the syntax of nominal expressions. It focuses on empirical data taken from the Spanish language, though the author goes further to draw conclusions of wider theoretical interest from material culled from other languages too.
The book considers crucial phenomena in the nominal domain, such as extraction out of nominal phrases and ellipsis in these phrases, as well as their modification. In doing so it provides the reader with a unified explanation of a number of phenomena that have not previously been analyzed under a single basic account. In particular, Ticio explores how economy notions interact with a number of functional categories, with the length and type of movements allowed, and with the existence of three internal domains within nominal expressions. She uses these observations to inform her analysis of the structure of arguments and adjuncts in nominal expressions, and of the potential these elements have for extraction. To test the empirical adequacy of her analysis, she employs phenomena such as the properties of attributive adjectives, partial cliticization and nominal elision in Spanish nominal phrases.
Table of ContentsPreface.- chapter 1: introduction.1 scope of the book.2 on the parallelism between clauses and nominal phrases.3theoretical framework.4. overview of the book.-chapter 2: on the structure of nominal expressions.1. introduction.2. basic properties of spanish nominal expressions.3. structural relations within nominal constructions.4. the structure of nominal expressions in spanish.appendix: genitive pronouns.-chapter 3: specificity, definiteness and the definite article in spanish nominal expressions.1. introduction.2. fundamentals: definiteness and specificity.3. extraction, definiteness and specificity.4. a syntactic analysis.5. summary and further research.-chapter 4: adjective placement.1. introduction.2. description.3. towards an analysis.4. previous and further lines of research.5. summary of the chapter.-chapter 5: nominal ellipsis.1. introduction.2. nominal ellipsis.3. putting together the analysis.4. agreement and focus in ellipsis processes.5. summary of the chapter.-chapter 6: conclusions and further research.1. introduction.2. major findings of the book.3. further research.-references.-index of subjects.