By David Adger

ISBN-10: 0262018616

ISBN-13: 9780262018616

ISBN-10: 0262518309

ISBN-13: 9780262518307

In A Syntax of Substance, David Adger proposes a brand new method of word constitution that eschews practical heads and labels buildings exocentrically. His idea concurrently simplifies the syntactic method and restricts the diversity of attainable constructions, ruling out the ever-present (remnant) roll-up derivations and forcing a separation of arguments from their obvious heads. This new method has a couple of empirical results, which Adger explores within the area of relational nominals throughout assorted language households, together with Germanic, Romance, Celtic, Polynesian, and Semitic. He indicates that the relationality of such nouns as hand, edge, or mother -- which appear to have as a part of their which means a relation among components -- is de facto a part of the syntactic illustration during which they're used instead of an inherent a part of their that means. This empirical end result follows without delay from the recent syntactic method, as does a singular research of PP enhances to nouns and possessors. Given this, he argues that nouns can, in most cases, be regarded as easily necessities of substance, differentiating them from real predicates. A Syntax of Substance deals an cutting edge contribution to debates in theoretical syntax in regards to the nature of syntactic representations and the way they connect with semantic interpretation and linear order.

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