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Foundational Issues in Linguistic TheoryEssays in Honor of Jean-Roger Vergnaud$
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Robert Freidin, Carlos P. Otero, and Maria Luisa Zubizarreta

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062787

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062787.001.0001

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Parallel Nominal and Verbal Projections

Parallel Nominal and Verbal Projections

(p.73) 4 Parallel Nominal and Verbal Projections
Foundational Issues in Linguistic Theory

Karine Megerdoomian

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the correlation between the noun phrase and the verb phrase by focusing on the morphological and semantic properties of Case and agreement in a number of languages including Finnish, Scots Gaelic, and Eastern Armenian. Drawing on unpublished work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, it argues that nominal and verbal phrases constitute a fixed set of primitive elements having a root, a category feature, and functional features of aspect and reference. The former functional feature is associated with an interpretation denoting “boundedness” while the latter is associated with an interpretation concerning “instantiation.” The chapter also discusses functional projections in the determiner phrase, checking relations and structural case, subjects, and Case marking in Eastern Armenian and Finnish.

Keywords:   noun phrase, verb phrase, Case, agreement, languages, aspect, reference, boundedness, instantiation, determiner phrase

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