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A Syntax of Substance (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs Book by David Adger

By David Adger

In A Syntax of Substance, David Adger proposes a brand new method of word constitution that eschews useful heads and labels buildings exocentrically. His notion at the same time simplifies the syntactic method and restricts the diversity of attainable buildings, ruling out the ever-present (remnant) roll-up derivations and forcing a separation of arguments from their obvious heads. This new procedure has a couple of empirical results, which Adger explores within the area of relational nominals throughout diversified language households, together with Germanic, Romance, Celtic, Polynesian, and Semitic. He exhibits that the relationality of such nouns as hand, edge, or mother -- which appear to have as a part of their that means a relation among elements -- is really a part of the syntactic illustration during which they're used instead of an inherent a part of their that means. This empirical final result follows without delay from the recent syntactic procedure, as does a singular research of PP enhances to nouns and possessors. Given this, he argues that nouns can, more often than not, be regarded as easily requisites of substance, differentiating them from real predicates. A Syntax of Substance bargains an leading edge contribution to debates in theoretical syntax in regards to the nature of syntactic representations and the way they hook up with semantic interpretation and linear order.

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