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A Syntax of Substance

David Adger

Abstract

This book proposes a new approach to phrase structure that eschews functional heads and labels structures exocentrically. The proposal simultaneously simplifies the syntactic system and restricts the range of possible structures, ruling out the ubiquitous (remnant) roll-up derivations and forcing a separation of arguments from their apparent heads. This new system has a number of empirical consequences, which the book explores in the domain of relational nominals across different language families, including Germanic, Romance, Celtic, Polynesian, and Semitic. The book shows that the relational ... More

Keywords: phrase structure, syntactic system, roll-up derivations, relational nominals, heads, labels, nouns, possessors, complements, relationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262018616
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262018616.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Adger, author