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The Syntax of Adjectives: A Comparative Study

Guglielmo Cinque


This book offers cross-linguistic evidence that adjectives have two sources. Arguing against the standard view, and reconsidering his own earlier analysis, the author proposes that adjectives enter the nominal phase either as “adverbial” modifiers to the noun or as predicates of reduced relative clauses. Some of his evidence comes from a systematic comparison between Romance and Germanic languages. These two language families differ with respect to the canonical position taken by adjectives, which is prenominal in Germanic and both pre- and postnominal in Romance. The author shows that a simpl ... More

Keywords: adjectives, nominal phase, adverbial modifiers, nouns, reduced relative clauses, Germanic language, Romance language, language families, N-raising, XP-raising

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014168
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014168.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guglielmo Cinque, author